Lisa with coaching client at GTR Finish

50 Miles in 50 States

Lisa and Sister Mary Beth Running Hope Through America. April 19-June 19, 2010.


Lisa Smith Batchen - Endurance Athlete & Personal Coach

Lisa Smith-Batchen - ultra runner and coach


Stories about Lisa's athletic achievements have appeared on the covers of The NY Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post and Winning Magazine. Additionally, she has appeared in Runner’s World, Sports Illustrated for Women, ESPN Magazine, Outside Magazine, Ultrarunning, Trail Runner, Running Times and numerous other national and international publications. Look for feature stories about Lisa's 2,500 mile run through America in Runners's World (Jan. 2011) Women's Adventure (Nov. 2010) Ultra Runner Magazine (April 2011)

Lisa is the first and only person who has ever run 50 miles in all 50 states in the USA in 62 days!

Lisa was the first American to win the Marathon des Sables through the Sahara desert, she has won the Badwater Ultramarathon 135 miles through Death Valley 2 times! Lisa is the only person to ever run from Las Vegas to the summit of Mt. Whitney 306 miles!

Television coverage on Lisa includes segments on ESPN, Discovery Channel, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, NBC’s Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and Good Morning America Summer of 2010 Lisa was featured on CNN and on the news in 47 states. She was a main character in a feature length film on the Badwater Ultramarathon, entitled /Running Under the Sun/. She has also appeared in two Outdoor Life Network specials on the Marathon des Sables.

Lisa has done product testing for The North Face, an outdoor equipment and clothing company, and has appeared in their national advertising campaign with Dean Karnazes and product catalogs. She is currently a member of the Smith/Pearl Izumi Ultrarunning Team and is also sponsored by Clif Bar, Petzl, Pharmanex, Smartwool, Sharkies, Nathan, NUUN, Smith Optics, Body Glide, Engo, Hammer Nutrition, Kinesys, Salt Stick , Crescent Moon Snowshoes, Nuu-Muu dresses, Freelife,Damascus Bakery, Smith Optics, Pearlizumi, Nike and Crocs.

For more information about Lisa go to

 Running Hope to America: 2500 miles through America in 62 days

Click here for links to Lisa's sponsors' websites

Lisa's Career Highlights

Ironman Canada
Ironman Canada

  • Competed in 9 Badwater Ultramarathons (Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA):
    Two 1st Place Finishes - 1997 & 1998.
  • 2 Marathon des Sables Ultramarathons (Moroccan Sahara):
    1999 First American female to win the event in its 18 year history.
  • 2008 Rocky Racoon 50 Mile: 10:16
  • 2008 Florida Keys 50 Mile: 9 hours
  • 2008 306 Miles: 1st person to ever run from Las Vegas to Mt. Whitney. Raised $590,000 for AIDS Orphans Rising.
  • 2008 Badwater 135 Mile Ultramarathon for the 9th time.
  • 2008 Ironman AZ
  • 2007 Desert Springs 50 mile: 14th Female. 12:08:39
  • 2007 Ironman AZ: 12:54:30.
  • 2006 Completing the Badwater double has been one of the greatest highlights of my athletic carrier but also as wife, mother, coach and mentor. The gifts that God shared and showed me along the way are the greatest for me to this day!
  • 2006 Grasslands 50 mile: 1st Female. 8:40:30.
  • 2005 Bishop 50k: 2nd Female. 6:04:25.
  • 2004 Squaw Peak 50: 12:46.
  • 2003 Grand Slam of Ultrarunning Finisher: 1st Female; 7th Overall.
  • 2003 Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run: 4th Female. 30:39:43.
  • 2003 Western States 100: 19th Female; 133rd Overall. 26:30:54.
  • 2003 Vermont 100: 23rd Female; 144th Overall. 24:15:15.
  • 2003 Squaw Peak 50: Won the husband and wife award. 11:17.
  • 2002 Old Dominion Memorial (VA): 1st Female; 4th Overall. PR: 20:34:30.
  • 2002 Leadville Trail 100. 10th Female; 74th Overall. 26:56:58.
  • 2002 Umstead 50 (NC): 1st Female.
  • 2002 HURT 100k: 34:53:00.
  • 2001 JFK 50. 128th Overall, 10th Female; 128th Overall. 8:52:27
  • 2000 GNC National Championship (Pittsburgh) 100k, 1st Team; 1st 30-39; 7th Female. PR: 9:50
  • 1999 Team USA World 100K Championship (France).
  • 1998 Long Island 50 Mile Endurance Run: 1st Female; 2nd Overall. 6:42
  • 1997 Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race (India): 2nd Female. 18:50:03
  • 2 Vermont 100s: PR: 1997. 2nd Female; 12th Overall. 18:26
  • 1997 Old Dominion Endurance Run (VA): 2nd Female; 8th Overall. 19:07:52
  • 5 Hawaiian Ironman Championships: PR: 10:33:27
  • World Duathlon Championship
  • 3 Eco-Challenge Multi-Sport Adventure Races
  • 2 Raid Galoises Multi-Sport Adventure Races
  • 2 ESPN X-Games Multi-Sport Adventure Races
  • 1 Four Winds Multi-Sport Adventure Race
  • 35 Ultramarathons (50 miles or more): Including: Western States 100, Leadville Trail 100, Wasatch 100, Vermont 100, HURT 100K, Rocky Raccoon 100, Squaw Peak 50.
  • 100 Mile PR: 18:26 / 50 Mile PR: 6:42
  • Over 90 Marathons PR: 2:48:52. Half marathon PR: 1:23. 10k PR: 36:01.