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Catra Corbett

I was living a death spiral of drug addiction, disordered eating, and sexual and emotional abuse. Running changed my life. In 1996, two years after being clean and sober, I started to dig myself out of a pretty dark hole — moving my body by lifting weights and walking. I never liked running when I was a kid, but my dad (who died unexpectedly when I was seventeen) had planted a seed in my head about how long-distance runners can work through all kinds of pain and accomplish truly remarkable things. One day I just started running.

Running CV:

  • FKT John Muir Trail Double
    424 miles in 12 days, 4 hours, and 57 minutes
  • FKT Muir Ramble Route
    320 miles 7 days, 9 hours, and 49 minutes
  • OKT Fremont to Yosemite Valley
    200 miles in 83 hours 15 minutes
  • 1st Place Overall Razorback 100
    21: 20
  • Oldest female finisher of the triple crown of 200s
    Bigfoot in Washington
    Tahoe in California
    Moab 240 in Utah
  • 50 ultramarathon podium finishes
  • Finisher of the Badwater ultra cup
    Cape fear 50-miler
    Salton Sea 81-miler
    Badwater 135
  • Fastpacked the 212 mile John Muir trail twelve times
    Fastest time: 5 days, 5 hours, and 53 minutes
  • 2017 Run Across the US (6-per team Icebreaker) for addiction and mental health awareness
    24 days
  • More than one hundred 100+-mile runs

About Reborn on the Run: After two years of addiction, Catra is busted while selling, and a night in jail is enough to set her straight. She gives up drugs and moves back home with her mother, abandoning her friends, her boyfriend, and the lifestyle that she came to depend on. Her only clean friend pushes her to train for a 10K with him, and surprisingly, she likes it — and decides to run her first marathon after that. In Reborn on the Run, the reader keeps pace with Catra as she runs through difficult terrain and extreme weather, is stalked by animals in the wilderness, and nearly dies on a training run but continues on, smashing running records and becoming one of the world's best ultrarunners. Along the way she attempts suicide, loses loved ones, falls in love, has her heartbroken, meets lifelong friends including her running partner and dachshund TruMan, and finally faces the past that led to her addiction.

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