Meredith Dolhare is one of the world’s most accomplished ultrarunners. She’s completed the most notorious races – the Badwater 135 mile footrace through Death Valley in the heart of Summer, the Kona Ironman World Championship, and the Furnace Creek 508 mile cycling race, to name a few.

We sat down in Venice Beach, CA to discuss her training methods, career and life story; what I learned is that she’s also one of the most impressive and dynamic people in the world of sport. A survivor of sexual trauma and bullying, Dolhare has never let anything keep her from achieving at the highest level. She played collegiate tennis at Vanderbilt University, where her team was ranked among the top ten  in the country. She later graduated with honors before eventually moving onto professional endurance sports, where she earned sponsorships from the top brands int he industry, including TIMEX, Newton Running, Generation UCAN and others.

Throughout her own career, Dolhare raised two young men, both of whom are now in college. She also became active in various charities, even founding her own non-profit aimed at solving the homeless crisis called RunningWorks – a mentorship based organization that seeks to improve the mental and physical well-being of the homeless population in the Carolinas. Learn more about the foundation by visiting and following them on Twitter @running_works. You can also follow Dolhare’s career by visiting and following her on Twitter @MerDolhare.