Everything That Happened After Six Days At Lululemon’s FURTHER Ultramarathon

Camille Herron takes home a laundry list of records, but just misses out on her biggest goal

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Last year, Lululemon, the athletic apparel giant, embarked on a groundbreaking initiative named FURTHER. This initiative aimed to support and pioneer female-centered scientific research on athletes and performance. At its heart was a grueling six-day ultramarathon, which began on March 6, 2024.

A six-day race in running is an ultramarathon event where participants strive to cover as much distance as possible within six days. 

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Typically held on a loop course, runners continuously complete laps of the track with the freedom to rest, eat, or sleep as needed while the clock keeps ticking. The winner emerges as the runner who covers the greatest distance within this timeframe, requiring extreme endurance, mental toughness, and strategic planning.

The Lululemon Ultra was held on a 2.6-mile (4.1km) certified loop in La Quinta, California.

The FURTHER Ultramarathon wasn’t just another race; it represented a collective effort of ten diverse female athletes aiming to understand their limitations, uncover athletic potential, and push the boundaries of scientific research. 

Lululemon partnered with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific to conduct groundbreaking research studies, aiming to bridge the gap in understanding female endurance performance – an area that has long been overlooked.

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Initial findings from this groundbreaking research are expected to be published in Fall 2024.

“We are witnessing a paradigm shift in women’s athletics, and Lululemon is proud to be at the forefront of this movement,” remarked Nikki Neuburger, Lululemon’s Chief Brand Officer. 

“The FURTHER initiative is about more than just running; it’s about empowering women to shatter barriers and redefine what’s possible.”

The roster of athletes participating in the FURTHER Ultramarathon included notable names like ultrarunning world record holder Camille Herron and marathon maven Xiaomeng Jia.

Each athlete brought their unique story and determination to push boundaries.

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In addition to the ultramarathon itself, Lululemon introduced a range of community activations and product innovations designed to support female athletes. 

From the launch of the Blissfeel Trail running shoe to global Strava challenges, the FURTHER initiative aimed to promote diversity in athlete investigations and foster gender balance in sports research.

The six-day ultramarathon was nothing short of thrilling, with each day bringing new achievements for the athletes. Herron, in particular, made headlines by smashing numerous records during the event:

  • 48-hour American road record: 247.73 miles
  • 300-mile world record (w): 59 hours, 54 minutes, and 28 seconds
  • 500K world record (w): 62 hours and 45 seconds
  • 72-hour world record (w): 342.09 miles
  • 600K world record (w): 81 hours and 23 minutes
  • 400-mile world record (w)
  • 96-hour world record (w)
  • 700K world record (w): 98 hours, 33 minutes, 58 seconds
  • 800K world record (w): 117 hours, 44 minutes, 55 seconds
  • 500-mile world record (w)
  • 120-hour world record (w)
  • 144-hour world record (w)
  • 900K world record (w): 142hours, 40 minutes, 58 seconds
  • Six-day world record (w): 560.3 miles

Herron also aimed to break the men’s six-day record during the event but came up just short.

The record still stands at 644.23 miles (1,036.79km) and has been held by Greece’s Yiannis Kouros since 2005.

Find the full results of the Lululemon Further Six-Day Ultramarathon below:

RunnerLapsDistanceLast Lap PaceOverall Pace
Camille Herron220560.3 mi
901.71 km
28:07 min/mile
17:28 min/km
15:22 min/mile
9:33 min/km
Devon Yanko122310.7 mi
500.02 km
11:20 min/mile
7:03 min/km
27:36 min/mile
17:09 min/km
Stefanie Flippin44112.1 mi
180.41 km
11:27 min/mile
7:07 min/km
1:16:46 min/mile
47:47 min/km
Montana Farrah-Seaton123313.3 mi
504.21 km
23:33 min/mile
14:38 min/km
27:18 min/mile
16:58 min/km
Leah Yingling157399.9 mi
643.58 km
11:26 min/mile
7:06 min/km
21:31 min/mile
13:22 min/km
Kayla Jeter91231.8 mi
373.05 km
19:20 min/mile
12:01 min/km
36:43 min/mile
22:49 min/km
Yoon Young Kang122310.7 mi
500.02 km
1:40:52 min/mile
1:02:02 min/km
27:30 min/mile
17:05 min/km
Xiaomeng Jia117298 mi
479.58 km
29:16 min/mile
18:11 min/km
28:44 min/mile
17:51 min/km
Vriko Kwok73185.9 mi
299.18 km
27:41 min/mile
17:12 min/km
45:59 min/mile
28:34 min/km
Mirna Valerio55140.1 mi
225.47 km
27:02 min/mile
16:48 min/km
1:01:06 min/mile
37:38 min/km
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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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