The North Face Athlete Kami Semick was recently in Singapore to host a race & strategy talk, aimed at preparing runners for the upcoming The North Face 100 (TNF100) Singapore race.
To runners unfamiliar with Ultra-marathons and their unique athletes, here’s what you need to know about Kami Semick.
Kami Semick, Ultra Running Magazine Runner of the year in 2009 and 2008, is the second American in history, man or woman, to win a World Championship in Ultra Running. Kami won the World Cup 100km in Belgium and the World Trophy 50k in Gibraltar in 2009. She was recently honored with the Ruth Anderson USA Track and Field (USATF) Ultra Runner of the Year for 2010 as well as 2009. Additionally, Kami is a multi time USATF National Champion with victories in the 50km Trail, 50km Road, and 50 mile Trail distances. She has also been recognized twice by USATF as “Athlete of the Week” for her performances at World level.
Originally from Bend, Oregon, Kami now resides in Hong Kong, where she has spent the last year training and racing. irunfar.com has a great interview of Kami prior to the TNF 50mile championships last year.
Participants of this years The North Face 100 Race were given an opportunity to meet and run with Kami. Spaces were filled up quickly as soon as the news broke through. I was fortunate to be able to attend the run, having already missed out at attending the talk.
Participants who had signed up successfully gathered at Macritchie Reservoir at 7am on a fine Saturday morning. Following a short briefing and a group photo, the group set off for the 11 km run around the natural trail. The group comprised of athletes of a variety of levels, including experienced and aspiring ultra-runners, triathletes, and novices.
The run took the group one loop around Macritchie reservoir (log available below), while also giving runners the option to run a 2nd loop. Most of the runners opted to do the former.
Mingling with an elite athlete presents a unique opportunity into their mindset and training philosophies. The commitment to long training hours, along with a high mental resilience, are just some factors. Ultimately, it is these differences that often separate elite from amateurs, and endurance from non-endurance athletes.
Kami Semick would be the third elite ultra-runner to have graced our little island. This is a testament to the growing interest and popularity for the sport of ultrarunning. While Singapore surely has an established pool of ultra-runners, there are many like myself who are just starting to take the first few steps into a relatively different world of running.
- Ultra-running Singapore: a newly minted Facebook page, devoted to the niche, but growing sport of Ultra-running in Singapore.
- Running with Kami Semick: Facebook Photo Album from the weekend group run at Macritchie Reservoir.
- Running with Kami Semick: Facebook Photo Album hosted by the The North Face 100 Singapore Race Group.