by Carrie Adams
If you see a picture of Michelle Barton running, what you’ll see is pure joy. “I love my sport so much,” she says, “There is something about the people – like family.” The 40-year-old ultra runner is one of the fastest ultra runners on the planet and she’s an amazing advocate for female athletes – even raising a future chicking phenom in her daughter Sierra, whom she named after the mountains she loves. Recently, Michelle won the Irvine Lakes Mud Run. Her daughter Sierra was the youngest participant; her father Doug Malewicki was the oldest. Sierra even chicked her grandpa by 12 minutes.
Continuing on her winning streak, Michelle also just won the Shadow of the Giants 50K at Yosemite with a time of 3:57. In the event, Barton broke the previous course record by 30 minutes (which she herself, previously held.)