|This is not what I looked like after my lone 100-mile finish (photo courtesy of Grand Mesa 100 blog)|
He's a self-admitted racing addict, so if his body holds up, he's going to start accumulating some serious hardware. Call me crazy, but if he stays motivated and healthy (admittedly, big ifs), the dude could have 50 100-mile wins by 2020.
I told Jeremy about this post, and he corrected me. I originally thought he'd only won four 100 milers this year. Turns out he's won five: 1) Moab 2) Coyote Springs 3) Black Hills 4) Happy Jack (Laramie 100) 5) Grand Mesa.
Off the top of my head, here's the list of people I know who have won five 100 mile races in one calendar year.
1) Karl Meltzer
2) Jeremy Bradford
Not Krupicka, not Roes, not AJW, not Jurek, not Koerner. Is there anyone else out there who's won five 100-mile races in one year on the men's side of things that I'm missing? There can't be many, because until recently, there weren't that many 100-mile races. It's quite possible that Jeremy and Karl are the only two human beings on that list. And that's pretty damned awesome.
Could Jeremy beat any of the truly elite ultra guys head to head in a single race? Almost certainly not. But could they consistently put up the same kind of performances he has over a six-week stretch? It's an open question. For my money, I'm guessing that for most of them, the answer is no.