Ruth grew up on the remote West Coast of New Zealand, and from 14-18 years of age she represented New Zealand as a junior in the World Mountain Running Champs (3 times), World Junior Athletics Champs, and World Cross Country Champs. She then took up an athletic and cross country scholarship at the University of Portland, OR. What followed was 4 years of disappointing performances and injury, and so after graduation she gave up running and moved to Taipei, Taiwan. Six months of too much drinking, partying, and lack of health made her quickly lace the shoes back up. At the time, not being able to read or write in Chinese meant she missed registering for TNF Taiwan 15km, so instead she signed up for the 50km - it has been a trail running progression from there.
But after 5 years living in a densely populated city like Taipei, Ruth was finding it too difficult to prepare properly for races abroad, So in August 2017 she left her job and the Island, and made the move to Wanaka, New Zealand. Ruth is now based in Wanaka for 6 months of the year, and then in Europe/US for the northern hemisphere racing season.
Ruth's 2019 season started with the Seoul International Marathon where she qualified to represent NZ at the IAAF World Athletics Champs in Doha this September. Ruth turned down this opportunity to focus on her true love - trail. In June she will compete at the World Trail Champs in Portugal. Then the rest of the season will be made up the Golden Trail Series, and UTMB OCC.
Good luck Ruth, and watch this space for Ruth's race updates!