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 a driver not far from her home in Oklahoma City two weeks ago. Her car flipped, and Herron was briefly trapped inside, but once rescued she managed to walk away from the crash without any serious injuries. Despite this accident, Herron raced the Tarawera Ultramarathon 100-miler in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand and won the women’s event in a new course record of 17:20:52.
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I’m proud to have finished my first technical trail 100 miler at @taraweraultramarathon , finishing 1st female and 2nd overall for a new course record 17:20:52! Wow what a fun day of racing and grit! The support out there was fantastic- thank you for the aid and cheers to keep us going! 🍊🍕🍺Thank you to @zac_marion and @gobroncobilly for the amazing racing and pushing each other. I appreciate my sponsors @niketrail.running , @nathansportsinc , @corosglobal , and @squirrels_nut_butter for all the essentials. This was my first time racing with a vest- the Nathan VaporMag felt ‘awesome’. I wore my Coros Apex 24Hr Special Edition watch- we’re 2 for 2 setting records with it! ❤️⌚️ I was greeted by the haka after finishing, which was really cool! – I’m grateful to be alive and able to come here and race. It’s been a tough 2 wks since the accident. It was really good for us to get away and be surrounded by some of our favorite people and all the positive energy! Thank you to Tarawera for welcoming us again. Cheers to another beautiful day and experience in Rotorua! 🙌🌿 – #NikeTrail #JustDoIt #ExplorePerfection #Tarawera
Herron was second overall, behind Jeff Browning who won in 16:18:54. The runner posted on Instagram on Saturday saying, “I’m grateful to be alive and able to come here and race. It’s been a tough 2 wks since the accident. It was really good for us to get away and be surrounded by some of our favorite people and all the positive energy! Thank you to Tarawera for welcoming us again.”
I’m proud to have finished my first technical trail 100 miler at @taraweraultra , finishing 1st female and 2nd overall for a new course record 17:20:52! Wow what a fun day of racing and… https://t.co/WAyfh1TYwf
— Camille Herron (@runcamille) February 9, 2019
Tarawera was Herron’s first technical trail 100 miler.
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Ready for miles of smiles with the beautiful people of @taraweraultramarathon this yr! Let’s do this thing! 🙌🌿💃 – #NikeTrail #JustDoIt #AirCamille #ExplorePerfection #Tarawera #100Mile #Trailrunning #Ultrarunning #Rotorua #NewZealand @taraweraultramarathon @niketrail.running @nathansportsinc @corosglobal @squirrels_nut_butter @maurten_official @univedsports
Herron is well known for her multiple American records, including the American 50-mile record, the American 100K record and the 12-hour world record, previously held by Ann Trason.