Elite Runners

We are still confirming the elite athlete line up for the 2018 edition of Ultra Gobi

Nikki Kimball

Nikki Kimball (USA)

Nikki is a legend who has won everything – UTMB, MDS, Run Rabbit Run, Western States three times, and was runner up at Comrades Marathon. She has also been crowned the USA national 50 and 100-mile trail champion, national 50-mile road champion, and has set course records in over 20 ultras. Nikki is also an elite skier and handy with a rifle – she was in contention for the 1998 US Olympic team in biathlon. She now lives in Bozeman, Montana, and works as a physiotherapist and running coach. Last year Nikki was supposed to take part in Ultra Gobi, but an injury and then an operation made her miss the race. Ultra Gobi is a perfect fit for Nikki and we are very happy to have this incredible endurance athlete at our race.

Nikki Kimball

James Poole (UK)

James is coming to Ultra Gobi as a journalist – elite runner. This ultra endurance athlete, coach and sports brand consultant writes for Strava blog as well as for several UK’s running magazines. James also leads Advent Running, a successful grassroots running community in London, and is an ambassador for Hoka One One, Adidas Sport Eyewear and Strava. James has a great record in UK ultras, having won the XNRG The Cotswolds Way Challenge, come second in Centurion North Downs Way 100, and 3rd in North Downs Way Marathon. He has excellent background to do well in Ultra Gobi – in 2017 James set the Fastest Known Time for a self-supported crossing of the Balearic Island of Mallorca, in 2016 he completed Spartathlon, coming in as the top UK runner, and in 2017 he was 7th in the 265km Transgrancanaria.



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Eisabet Margeirsdottir (Iceland)

Elisabet, Compressport and Garmin athlete, is Iceland’s top ultra runner and her achievements include 5th place at Hong Kong 100 (13 hours), 15th place at UTMB (32 hours) as well as numerous wins at distances from 40 to 200km. A proud Icelander, Elisabet is also sponsored by 66°North, an iconic, grassroots Icelandic brand which will help Elisabet to deal with the climatic challenges of the Gobi Desert. Elisabet teaches at the Sports Faculty at the University of Iceland, has her own nutrition consultancy and also works as a running coach and organises trail events in her home country.