If you haven’t noticed, the Queen, a.k.a. Meghan Arbogast, is having one hell of a year at 49 years old. A year that could end with the title Ultrarunner of the Year. She is in Gibraltar this week to run in her third World 100K championship and it wouldn’t surprise me if she is standing on the podium this weekend. She finished 6th in 2008 and 5th last year behind Kami Semick and Devon Crosby-Helms, who are not running this year. Can she break 8 hours and get a top three finish? Let’s review her amazing year.
- USATF championship #1 at Mad City 100K (roads) in 8:00
- 1st at Ice Age 50 miler (trail) in 7:17
- 2nd place at Western States 100 in 19:15
- Winner of the 2009-2010 Montrail Ultra Cup
- USATF championship #2 at White River 50 mile (trail) in 8:10.
- 1st at Where’s Waldo 100K (trail) in 10:52
- 1st at McKenzie River 50K (trail) in 4:10
- US Olympic Trials marathon qualifier of 2:45:46 at Twin Cities
She also ran 2:46 at Napa Valley Marathon, just missing the Olympic Trials qualifying time by less than a minute, and then a week later finished 5th at Chuckanut 50K.
What is so special about this year is not just that she has defied her age and put together her best year of running ever, but that she lost her husband Brian of 25 years in August. He had battled brain tumors for about four years and Meghan was his primary care giver while she trained and raced at this highest level. Yeah, wow is right.
If you want to follow along this weekend, you can try this new IAU website for live updates.