Ripmaster: Taking on Alaska.

imagePeter Ripmaster lives in Fairview, NC and is the owner of Black Mountain Running Co. in Black Mountain, NC. A 50 marathons in 50 states finisher, Peter has now been running ultra races for years of all distances from 50k to 350 miles. Next February 2016, Peter will attempt to “run” over 1,000 miles on The Iditarod Trail during The Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska. We created an awesome custom Iditarod route in honor of Peter’s next feat! Stay tuned!

Q. How far do you run in a week?  

It changes. If I get 50 in per week I’m happy but I listen to my body.

Q. What’s your longest run?  

In training 40+ miles, in races 350 miles

Q. Do you have any dream races or dream runs you aim to complete someday? 

Yes, I would like to run 1,000 miles to Nome on The Iditarod Trail. I’m in no hurry to tackle this though. I have another run but I’m gonna be HUSH HUSH about it.

Q. Do you run often with other people or alone? 

Alone on trails usually but always welcome running partners when the timing works.

Q. What or who inspires you to run.. even on the hard days? 

Dick and Rick Hoyt, Terry Fox, Frank Bozanich

Q. How do you measure success as a runner? 

Am I reaching MY potential as a runner?  I do my best not to compare any aspect of my running to anybody else.

Q. What’s the coolest connection you’ve made because of running?  

My Posse! I started a running group from my shop Black Mountain Running Co. We have watched the group grow to what it is today and I’m proud of that!

Q. What role does running play in your life? 

It’s my anti-depressant

Q. What role does RunWithMe play? 

I started with RunWithMe in January and had a hell of a time running the Blue Ridge Parkway. I want longer!!!

Q. How does running fit into your schedule? 

I schedule around my running as to not have that problem!

Q. What’s your favorite thing to think about or talk about while running? 


Q. What’s one word that best describes what/how running makes you feel?