Karl Meltzer

Race Highlights

Winningest 100 Mile Runner on Earth
2016 Appalachian Trail Speed Record
60 Ultra Running Race Wins
40 100-Mile Wins

Karl moved to Utah in 1989 to become a ski bum, averaging about 100 ski days/year. One summer, he decided to start running again because he thought he was ‘getting out of shape.’    His first run was near Alta (elevation 8530 at the base of the ski area) and he never looked back.  He became more and more hooked on running.   To fund his running habit, he worked as much as possible in the fall, winter and spring so he could take the summer’s off to run.

He entered his first Ultramarathon, the Wasatch 100, in 1996 just hoping to finish. He surprised himself and clocked a 28:26. From this point on, he’s completed in 89 Ultramarathons in 96 starts and 12 trail marathons.  Plus, he holds the record for the most 100-mile trail race wins: 38!

Q: What motivates you?
A: Nothing

Q: Who’s your biggest role model and why?
A: Don’t have one

Q: What’s your favorite web site?
A: One that doesn’t sell me anything

Q: When you were little, what do you want to be when you grew up?
A: Retired

I was first introduced to Ultragen recovery drink around 2003 from a friend of mine who swears by the product. I had to try it to believe it, as I’m not the type of person to believe anything unless I try it myself.

I was completely overwhelmed of the effects of a simple, yet complex recovery drink. I was now able to rebound quickly, and recover fast enough to make every run a strong one. From this first discovery I was soon introduced to Liquid Shot and EFS electrolyte drinks. Both for “during” a race. Optygen is another small piece of the puzzle as it aids in recovery and sort of, “boosts” my energy level.



100 Mile Nutrition Plan:

Day Before:  I try not to change much in my diet before a race.

Race week, my diet really won’t change at all. I can eat anything the night before a race, as I feel it makes no difference in terms of carbs, protein.  I do eat a bit earlier, around 630, from my regular time, which is 8pm.  This way I can get my “business” done in the morning, without issues.  I’ve eaten NY steaks, Pizza, Chili Verde Burritos….it’s all the same to me, but on race day, I use the right stuff to fuel me efficiently.


During Race: 

For me, I consume between 250-350 cals per hour in a combination of EFS drink and gel.  About 80% of the fuel is liquid shot, 20% EFS drink. I do occasionally eat Honey Stinger chews and Honey Stinger waffles for a change.  I like straight water in one bottle as it’s  great regulator in going overboard on too many calories.  I also consume a few Red Bull Energy Drinks, during the course of a 100 mile race.  I get most of my caffiene dose from Red Bull, along with Tuarine and Vitamin B’s.  Soup Boullion, Some creamy potato soup and some cola are on my 100 mile diet.  If it’s hot, I supplement electrolytes with some Saltstick caps as well.


Finish line:

The first thing I do when I finish a race is grab my bottle of Ultragen Cappuccino and many of my competitors will often see me handing out Ultragen to them as well.


Q: What has First Endurance helped you accomplish?
A:  First Endurance has given me the ability to train harder for an entire year.  The “pop” you get from the Luqid Shot is unmatched, it’s quick and has never been an issue with my stomach.  Ultragen helps me recover fast.  I was introduced to Ultragen in the early 2000s, and ever since that first day of use, it’s always been in my run bag.

Q:  What’s the most embarrassing music you listen to?
A:  Keith Urban

Q:  What’s the last thing you Googled?
A: Ankylosing Spondylitis

Q:  What’s your favorite place in the world (and why)?
A:  The Alps.  Europe’s a very cool place

Q:  Rolling Stones or Beatles?
A: Neither, they both suck

Q:  What sport are you the worst at?
A: Swimming

Q:  What’s your favorite book and why?
A: “100 miles is not that far”  (Author: Karl Meltzer)

Q: What’s your favorite reality show and why?
A: Seinfeld, because it’s funny and real

Q: Describe your first bike.
A: Ross Gran Tour, then a Trek 620, that I still have

Q:  What would you be doing for a living if you weren’t a pro?
A:  Golf course superintendent

Q:  What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you?
A:  Good question

Q: What’s your worst travel experience?
A: Flying home from Hong Kong in 2004.  Fourteen hours in coach is not fun.