Ripmaster 50 – Pete Ripmaster
Pete Ripmaster started running marathons in memory of his mother who had died of cancer.
Pete’s quest to complete 50 marathons in 50 states to raise money for cancer research, started off in 2008.
Being in his early thirties, overweight and out-of-shape didn’t stop him.
“I decided I wanted to run a marathon one day and had my wife dump my sorry ass on the Ridge Parkway. I waddled 13.1 miles towards Mt. Pisgah and turned around and made it back to finish what would end up being my very first “homemade” marathon.”
“I raised $62,000.00 for Cancer Research in my Mom’s honor! I would’ve NEVER imagined running would take me so far!”
On September 10, 2013, Pete completed his 50th marathon!
Pete has run hundreds of races ever since and keeps pushing the boundaries of his physical and mental capabilities.
After completing the 350-mile edition of the brutal Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska twice, and nearly drowning at ITI 2016, Pete won the Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000 edition in 2018.
Only 60 people have completed this 1000-mile trail run during the last 18 years.
“I don’t think personally that there is something harder to do than what I just did,” Peter said after his win.