Marshall Ulrich has climbed Mount Everest, crossed Death Valley (on foot, in July) a record 22 times, completed the Seven Summits, finished more than 100 ultra-marathons averaging over 100 miles each, and is one of only three people in the world to have competed in all nine Eco-Challenge adventure races. He has raced, climbed, and traveled in Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Borneo, British Virgin Islands, Canada, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tibet, Tunisia, and Vietnam.
In the fall of 2008, Ulrich broke the masters’ and grand masters’ records for the fastest crossing of the United States on foot (and achieved the third-fastest crossing overall), running the 3,063 miles at the age of 57. He wrote the book Running on Empty (Penguin, 2011) about the experience, capturing the raw and fascinating intensity of an extraordinary physical and mental effort. Ultimately, the book is about relationships, good and bad, with friends and family; about America and some of its people, places, and history, including the history of ultrarunning. It’s also about defying the age barrier.
With Dreams in Action, Ulrich offers his services as a speaker, trainer, and guide, helping others prepare for and enjoy adventures of their own, regardless of their prior athletic experience. Ulrich holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and is an entrepreneur and successful businessman. Immediately after college, he started and developed a business with revenues ranging from $1 to over $1.5 million annually. He managed the business for twenty-five years and remains a stockholder in the corporation. He also owns and helps manage corporate farms in Colorado. Ulrich has raised over $850,000 for various charities, including the Religious Teachers Filippini, a small order of Sisters that promote the dignity of women and children in some of the poorest countries in the world, and here at home, by providing an education to those who previously had limited opportunities and choices in their lives.