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23 December, 2020

Foster set to tackle her hardest challenge

SARAH Foster, an Atherton local and Australia’s number one female trail runner has set herself the gruelling goal of being the first Australian female to conquer the Triple Crown, a massive 1,049km race set in America.

By Rhys Thomas

CHAMPION: Sarah Foster an Atherton local and Australia’s Number one female trail runner is looking ahead to the massive 1,049km Triple Crown race in America next year.

SARAH Foster, an Atherton local and Australia’s number one female trail runner has set herself the gruelling goal of being the first Australian female to conquer the Triple Crown, a massive 1,049km race set in America. 

Broken down into three separate 200 mile trail running courses, The Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200 and the Moab 240 are three massive trail running races that will run over August, September and October in 2021. 

Sarah is hoping to travel to America next year to see how she really stacks up against some of the best of the best in trail running.

She is no beginner however, as she is the current record holder for Australia’s premier 200- mile race, Delirious W.E.S.T where she placed as the first female and third overall. 

“Trail running is not such a huge thing in Australia especially ultra-running, it’s getting there but it’s not on par with America by far,” Sarah said. 

“I raced in Delirious in February this year and I feel like I want to see how good I can be, I want to go to America and compete against the best to see how I stack up. 

“I’m pretty excited but I think the first race is going to be by far the toughest on my body due to the hills and huge elevation gains.” 

Currently Sarah’s training week consists of running over 100km each week before ramping up the kilometres heading into the competition. 

The Triple Crown only allows around 20-25 days of rest in-between each 200 mile race, making it a true test of a runner’s physical and mental endurance. 

If International travel to America is not allowed by the time the race comes around Sarah has set herself another goal of participating in a 48hr track event to train her mind to deal with the long distance running. 

“I feel like that track event would be mind numbing enough to train my mind to just be quiet and run,” she said.

“That’s going to be a real mental challenge and that’s what I am looking for to see how I will get through that. 

“It’s also good training for the 200-mile races because when things start to hurt you start thinking about hot showers and warm beds.”


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