Our last DPMR Member Highlight of 2017 is none other than everybody’s trail friend, Kim Kortz. Kim is just coming off a solid performance at her first 100 mile finish, Rio Del Lago, posting a 24:49, a top 20 female, and 2nd in her age group! Congrats Kim, incredible race!
Kim has called several places home, both in the states, and international, but it doesn’t surpass her ultra-running career. Her extensive resume has some very impressive times. Kim also toed the line at this years Western States 100 with fellow member Chris Perillo. While her day shared the same dramatics as Chris, their endings told a different tale. 2018 will see Kim taking on the challenge of WSER once again, to rewrite an unfinished story.
Always a welcoming friendly face on the trail, Kim still finds time to give back to her ultra-running community, volunteering when she isn’t racing. Please read on, and get to know our December Member Highlight, Kim Kortz.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
My father was in the Air Force, so I was born in Germany, we then lived in New Jersey, Colorado, Germany again, Oklahoma, and California. Currently we live in Folsom.
When did you begin running and/or long-distance running, if that applies? Why?
My first trail race was Mt. Diablo in 2003, my first ultra was Way Too Cool in 2004. I enjoy the trail community and being on the
trails with friends.
Do you race? Does racing motivate you? if not racing, what motivates you?
Yes, I enter races, they give me a goal to train for.
Do you have any dream races (either hoping to qualify for or get selected for)?
The opportunity to run Western States is a dream!
What was your favorite running experience this past year?
Training with my great friends.
What was the best race advice you’ve ever received
When running 100 miles, if you would walk it at 80 miles, walk it at 5 miles!
What was your most challenging/ character-building experience this past year?
The Western States experience from the start in Squaw to when I was pulled from the course. I ended up getting a ride to the aid station on Max (the horse) after I was straight enough that they weren’t worried about me slipping off as soon as I was in the saddle.
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made during a race
Not taking the weather conditions seriously. Last year when pacing at the Bear, I thought I would be ok with shorts and was wishing for my long pants…
What are your upcoming racing/adventure plans?
FOURmidable, Lake Sonoma and Western States.
What do you do for a living? Is it hard to fit in time for training?
I’m an optometrist. I am fortunate to have a business partner that allows me to have a flexible schedule which gives me plenty of time for midweek training.
What led you to join the DPMR?
Great group of people that enjoy the trails! I look forward to meeting many more members and sharing the trails with them.
What has been your favorite DPMR experience so far?
I enjoyed the Alibi to Alibi run.
Favorite local trail?
I’m still learning the trails around Tahoe, but always enjoy the TRT.
What’s your typical weekly mileage these days
What other outdoor or indoor interests do you have?
Cycling and skiing. I would like to try snowshoeing