Ultrarunner Camille Herron, who set a new world record in 24-hour track running and a new American record in the 100-miles in December 2018, was hit by another driver not far from her home in Oklahoma City last Monday. Her car flipped, and Herron was briefly trapped inside, but once rescued she managed to walk away from the crash without any serious injuries.
According to a report in Runners World, Herron, who works at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, was on her way to work when the crash occurred. The other driver was charged.
Looks like Herron’s plan to compete in the Tarawera Ultramarathon 100-miler in New Zealand on February 6 will go ahead as planned despite the accident. Another American superstar ultrarunner, Courtney Dauwalter is also scheduled to race Tarawera.
Herron was dealing with injuries and away from the ultrarunning scene for most of 2018, before her impressive comeback at the Desert Solstice Track Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona on December 8, where she set both the 24-hour world record and the American record in the 100 miles.
In 2017 Herron won the Comrades Marathon in South Africa, going on to break the women’s 100-mile record in her first 100-miler, Tunnel Hill 100 in Illinois, later that year. At Desert Solstice in 2017, Herron broke the American 50-mile record, the American 100K record and the 12-hour world record, previously held by Ann Trason. Much has been made of Herrons’ fondness for beer and Taco Bell as fuel for her endurance exploits.