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The author of Both Feet on the Ground: Reflections from the Outside and Running on Empty, Marshall Ulrich is a versatile, world-class extreme endurance athlete: an ultrarunning icon, Seven Summits mountaineer, and competitive adventure racer. His prolific athletic career has earned him numerous wins, records, and firsts on some of the toughest courses in the world and taken him to the top of the highest mountains on every continent—all in his forties, fifties, and sixties.

Marshall has raced, led expeditions or climbed mountains in nearly 30 countries, and visited 30 more, making him a versatile, well-traveled speaker with unparalleled experience testing himself out in nature. Cutting his teeth running across Death Valley, he’s also climbed Mount Everest, run in the jungles of Borneo, and completed a record-setting run across America.

Dubbed by Outside magazine as an Endurance King, he defies the ideas of “too far,” too old, and not possible.

Revered among athletes, Marshall is also an acclaimed speaker for conventions, corporate events, and university programs. He’s lectured on Celebrity, Crystal, the Queen Victoria, Sea Dream, and Viking Ocean cruises, as well as talks to businesses, schools, race expos and professional conferences, including the Royal Geographic Society, Morgan Stanely, and Wilderness Medicine.


With inspirational stories, beautiful images and footage from around the world, and life lessons gained from both excruciating loss and extraordinary achievement,
Marshall helps you and your group ...

Discover what you’re made of!


To hire Marshall to speak at your next event, e-mail Dreams iN Action at


Speaking Topics

Surviving Mount Everest—Go Into Thin Air on the Highest Mountain

Join Marshall in Tibet as he ascends the less-climbed northern route, and nearly doesn’t return.

Alive in Death Valley—Experience Searing Heat and Desert Solitude

Join the only self-supported trek around a beautiful, diverse, but harsh and nearly fatal, landscape.


Running America—See the Country in a Million Steps

Running 60 miles a day, for 52 days – at age 57 – required enduring setbacks and accepting love.

Nature to Nurture—Why Time in Nature Is Invaluable for All of Us 

Why touching the earth, knowing food, and finding quiet peace in nature is especially needed today.

Adventure Racing—Multi-Sport, Multi-Day Races Around the World

Experience the races that “eat Ironmen for breakfast” and push people to, and beyond, their limits.

The Seven Summits—The Highest Peaks Are More than Piles of Rock

Reach the highest point on each of the seven continents and experience more than just the mountains.

Journeys in Extremes Around the World—Everest to Borneo and More

Travel from the Sahara to Antarctica, Fiji to fiords, through beautiful photos and stunning stories.

Sports Genes or Blue Jeans?—How People Become Pros in Their Field

Are people genetically wired to be pro athletes or chess champs, or can they train to get there?


A Model for Success—How You Can Earn the Results You Seek

Using a climb of Everest as an exciting example, learn the steps to take to succeed in your quests.

Sometimes Failure Is An Option—The Most Rewarding Outcome?

What does it mean to fail? Why are we so afraid to fail? Can failure actually be the best thing?




Running America movie trailer

View other videos on
Marshall Ulrich
s YouTube channel.


Sample Media

"Circumnavigating Death Valley National Park during the hottest month in U.S. history"Outside

“Inspiration for Runners Over 50”—The New York Times

"Love for the Long Run"—The Sydney Morning Herald

“Running Voices”—NYTimes.com

“Badwater Ultramarathon: 135 Miles In 130-Degree Heat”—CNN

“Marshall Ulrich, the Man Without Toenails”—ESPN

Marshall Ulrich Sets Record for Running Across America”—Trail Runner Magazine

Marshall has also appeared on:

The Today Show

(July 2001)

Eco-Challenge Race Coverage on MTV, ESPN, Discovery Channel, and USA Network


World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge, 10-part series on Amazon Prime

(scheduled release 2020)

Marshall Ulrich Sets Record for Running Across America

(Trail Runner 2010)

". . . 3,000 Miles, One Country: Running Across America"

(Fitness 2010)

Discovery Channel's "Daily Plant"

(Canada, September 2012)

Fox 26 News

(Houston, November 2011)

"New Day Northwest"

(Seattle, June 2011)

Good Morning Utah

(Salt Lake City, July 2011)


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on the Media page.

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