A world-class adventurer who takes on the toughest races known to man.

About Pete Ripmaster

Pete’s running journey started in the wake of his mother passing away. A lifelong athlete, he did what came naturally to him – he let his body work through the grief and depression by moving. Staying in motion on trails, in events, and with community quickly became a lifeline for Pete to process his emotions and find positivity in life. In 2008, he decided to put his miles to good use. Pete honored his mother’s legacy by running 50 marathons in 50 states, raising over $62,000 for breast cancer research in the process. This experience served as a springboard for his cause-driven running journey.

Pete has raised over $100,000 for environmental, mental health, wildlife and wellness organizations by running thousands of hardfought miles all over the country. 

When he’s not fundraising, he’s competing in famously grueling events like the Leadville 100, Taho 200, Arrowhead 135 and more. In the most terrifying feat and after nearly dying in the race in 2016, Pete claimed the 2018 title of Champion at the Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) 1000 – a 1000-mile foot race through the harsh winter conditions of the Alaskan wilderness.

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47 years young, Pete continues to use his gift of endurance running to support worthy causes, share his stories of perseverance, advocate for mental health awareness and practice mindfulness. 

He is currently attempting to become the first person to ever run 100 miles in every state, a pursuit that will raise $50,000 for the Owl Research Institute. Follow along with the Owl Run 100s

Pete lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, Kristen, daughters Hunter and Reagan, and dogs Pearl and Ruby.