“I want to do this for as long as possible because this is just . . . I have a dream job right now. It just blows my mind. I just wouldn't have thought it to be possible.” - Jim Walmsley
Voted 2016 Ultra Runner of the Year, Jim is one of the leading ultra-distance runners in the world today. Originally from Phoenix AZ, Jim is a US Air Force Academy graduate. He first joined the cross country running team in his freshman year of high school, and upon graduation ran in his first Western States at age 18 becoming the youngest competitor at the time. Jim now lives and trains in Flagstaff AZ.
Jim Walmsley By The Numbers
I love road biking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. However, I am terrible at mountain biking and rock climbing. Those are just another way to explore and adventure in the great outdoors. I love getting outside! I am also part of Pro Team Run Flagstaff, a group of local pro runners in Flagstaff that help volunteer and coach in our running community here in Flagstaff. It’s been a great way to connect with runners of all backgrounds.
I’ve always looked to past coaches as pivotal role models in my life. From playing competitive soccer at a young age with Steve Cooke and Ally Maxwell as my coaches, to my high school cross country coach, Mike Gleason, and my college running coach at the Academy, Juli Benson. They are all such strong people that I’ve looked up to more than they know.