Rob has always been passionate about sport and the outdoors and often says he had several running lives before his ultra running career. After years away from running he took a chance and entered the Leona Divide 50-mile race, winning in a course record time. He set the then Fastest-Known-Time for the double and single crossings of the Grand Canyon, placed second in his debut at the 100-mile distance at the Western States Endurance Run 100-mile, and launched a legendary career as one of the best ultra runners in the world. Rob has gone on to win Western States twice. He also won three 100-mile races – Western States, Leadville and Run Rabbit Run – all in the span of 11 weeks in 2014. Competing at the highest levels of ultrarunning has offered much more – a platform for activism, an avenue to understand and grapple with depression, an opportunity to connect with his life partner, and a chance to build a community. Becoming a successful endurance athlete only matters as much as it can be leveraged for good in the community and for the causes that are close to Rob’s heart. He feels fortunate to have the support of The North Face in all his endeavors both on and off the trail, and hopes that his performances can serve as inspiration for others to make positive changes in their lives.
- Two-time Western States Endurance Run champion, 2014 and 2015
- Two-time Ultra Runner of the Year, 2013 and 2014
- Three-time TransRockies Run champion
- 1st place, Leadville 100 Mile, 2014
- 1st place, Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile, 2014
- 1st place, The Canyons 100k + course record
- Named one of "The 50 Most Influential People in Running" by Runner's World Magazine