How much would you pay for a pair of Goodr sunglasses signed by obstacle course racer-turned-ultrarunner Amelia Boone? Or a copy of Rebecca Byerly’s December 2018 New York Times article on Courtney Dauwalter, with a personal message from Dauwalter herself? Some of the US’s most successful ultrarunners are donating their race memorabilia to the Last Drop Auction for Run4Water, a Tennessee-based not-for-profit run by ultrarunner Maggie Guterl that strives to raise awareness of the world water crisis.
Guterl raced Big’s Backyard Ultra in October with the goal of raising $5,000 for Run4Water. She came up $900 short, and decided to persuade her friends in the ultra community to donate items she would auction off to bridge the gap. A few days in, bids had already exceeded $900, so Guterl raised the goal to $1,500, and she has since raised it again, to $2,000. Online bidding can be done here, and the auction closes on January 21 at midnight ET.
Dauwalter burst on the scene in 2016 when she won the Run Rabbit Run 100-miler in Steamboat Springs, Colo., less than a minute off the course record. Known for her long basketball-style shorts and her easygoing humility, she had an amazing year in 2018, winning the Western States Endurance Run, and being the last woman standing at Big’s Backyard Ultra after 67 hours, finally conceding victory to Johan Steene.
My friend @MaggatronRuns is hosting an auction with a bunch of ultrarunning stuff to raise money for a great cause. I threw in signed QOP shades and RW mag (there's much cooler stuff too). Find it all here: https://t.co/bLQ9Md039y pic.twitter.com/k85jmPrek2
— Amelia Boone (@ameliaboone) January 14, 2019
She was forced to drop out of the Desert Solstice 24-Hour Invitational earlier this month, due to too little recovery time after Big’s, and it was here that Camille Herron bested her American 24-hour track record of 1248.62K. In late 2017 Dauwalter won the Moab 240 outright by more than 10 hours.
Dauwalter donated an autographed copy of her New York Times profile, published last month.
@MaggatronRuns is auctioning off some cool memorabilia for a great cause! I contributed my 2016 Barkley Marathons "Where Dreams Go To Die" loop 5 bib and the single page that I was able to collect after my "nap" shown in @TheGingerRunner's film. #bm100 https://t.co/TqlCmFk5JD pic.twitter.com/i5p4CE9eVD
— John Kelly (@RndmForestRunnr) January 15, 2019
Boone dominated the OCR world between 2011 and 2016, winning the World’s Toughest Mudder and the Death Race three times each, as well as the Spartan Race World Championship in 2013. After breaking her femur in 2016 (while running) and a long period of recovery, she has now switched to long trail races, attempting the Barkley Marathons in 2018. Boone was the subject of a cover story in Runners World’s in June 2018 (her second time), a signed copy of which she is donating, along with two pairs of Goodr sunglasses. Boone is also a full-time corporate attorney.
John Kelly became the 15th finisher of the Barkley Marathons in 2017 (and was the only finisher that year). He and Canadian Gary Robbins worked together until Loop 5, when runners are not permitted to partner up, and Robbins missed finishing by a narrow margin. In 2018 Kelly crewed for Robbins, who came back for his third attempt to conquer the Barkley, only to fail again. (There were no finishers in 2018.)
Kelly has donated his bib from Loop 5 and one of the book pages he collected during the race. (We thought he might donate the distinctive orange tuque he picked up on the course, but apparently it’s too precious for him to part with.)