Rob Krar

Timothy Olson

Endurance Runner

Timothy’s love for running started at an early age, playing in his backyard and running laps around his Wisconsin home bounded by corn fields.

After running competitively in cross-country and track in high school he took a break from competitive running, trying to better understand himself and what he wanted to do with his life. After graduating from college in Wisconsin, his passion for running continued as he coached cross-country and track at his local high school.

While on a summer road trip, he fell in love with the western landscapes and decided to move out west. After two years of living in Ashland, Oregon running the trails of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges, Tim and his family moved to Boulder, Colorado. He now finds his solace running from the foothills, to the upper peaks of the Colorado Rockies.

He has been racing ultramarathons competitively since 2009 and has been improving rapidly as he pushes his physical and mental limits. He won the historic Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in 2012, setting a new course record and running the first sub-15 hour time in 14:46. Timothy returned to Western States in 2013 to take the title again.

Timothy has found true peace and happiness in the mountains. He says the mountains make him feel like a kid in a playground. Timothy hopes to instill his connection with the natural world in his young sons Tristan, born in August 2012, and Kai, born in 2015.  He is excited to be a member of The North Face team and looks forward to many amazing journeys all over the world with good friends.

Blog Dispatches

December 3, 2014

Race day for The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship GORE-TEX 50 Mile is near. On December 6 elite professionals and amateur runners alike will line up in the Marin Headlands just north of San Francisco, California. Among those looking to best the field will be The North Face ultrarunner Timothy Olson, who recently started training with a running coach for the first time since turning pro. Fellow The North Face teammate Ashley Arnold caught up with Timothy to see how his prep is going with race day around the corner.. Read More

December 11, 2014

With muddy conditions underfoot, the 2014 The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship went off last weekend (Dec 6-7) in California’s Marin Headlands, just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Elite ultrarunners and amateur athletes alike toed the line for distances ranging from 50 miles to 5K, capping off another successful season of the six-race series. Read More

August 13, 2014

In 2012 when ultrarunner Timothy Olson set the still-standing course record at the prestigious Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in California, it marked the beginning of an era during which Olson commanded a lead as perhaps one of the best ultrarunners in the sport. And yet, his life wasn’t always like this. A decade ago he was addicted to alcohol and drugs and was living a life he didn’t want. Read More

Quick Facts

Hometown: Ashland, Oregon and Boulder, Colorado

Favorite Music: Folk rock

Favorite Food: Kale

Greatest Fear: Not living up to my potential.

Proudest Moment: The cumulative emotions before, during and after Western States in 2012. The win was icing on the cake, but really it was my whole life coming to one moment. The struggles in my life, the hard work to become the man, husband and father I want to be. The dedication and passion I put into running and seeing my dreams come true. My wife believing in me, my son being born, this gives me the strength to push my limits and to believe in the impossible.

Favorite Book: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Ambition: To be content in all I do.

Weakness: Relatively important to work out every day or I’m a bit cranky.

Greatest Inspiration: My natural surroundings

Dream Vacation: Warm, sunny and quiet place surrounded by mountains, run them every morning followed by relaxing with my wife and son with good local organic food.

Words To Live By: I have arrived. I am home. In the here. In the now. I am solid. I am free. In the ultimate I dwell. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Favorite The North Face Product: Better Than Naked Shorts and Apex Lite Jacket are my go-to apparel.

Cause(s): Inspire kids and adults to explore the natural world around them, while being kind to their bodies and the world.

How I Relax: An evening walk with my family followed by a glass of red wine with a chill book or funny movie.

Three Things People Should Know About Me:
I grew up in Wisconsin. Started ultra running in 2009. I’m a licensed Massage Therapist. I love to cook a variety of styles and make a yummy curry and vegan style cheesy kale chips.

Career Highlights

  • Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run win and course record time of 14:46 in 2012
  • Bandera 100K USATF Championships win in 2012
  • Pine to Palm 100-Mile Endurance Run wins and course record in 2010 and 2011
  • Waldo 100K Ultramarathon wins in 2010 and 2012
  • Lake Sonoma 50 Mile and Leona Divide 50 mile 2nd place finishes in 2012
  • Montrail Ultra Cup series winner in 2012