Seth Swanson wasn’t born with a passion for competing in ultra races, but now it runs in his blood.
Seth Swanson wasn’t always at the top of American trail running like he is today. Before his passion for running and competitive spirit blossomed, he would constantly lose races to his wife. It wasn’t until college that he became involved in outdoor activities, thanks to an encouraging group of friends. After many pep talks and trial runs, Seth would ski 80-100 days a year and mountain bike just as often. He entered his first duathlon in 2008, which was all he needed to catch feelings for running. Seth returned to that very same event the next year and won it. Swanson then signed up for an Ironman triathlon, Montana’s Bridger Ridge Run, and an unofficial ultra—his first journey to longer distances. Now, he’s not just entering them, he’s winning them. Even though he’s relatively new on the trail, his racing resume is jam-packed with wins. And just because his name is known in the industry, doesn’t mean he will follow a strict training plan. Seth Swanson prioritizes his two children over any medal, but still finds a way to make each run count.