Thomas Reiss

Ultra Runner

I started running at the age of 22, back in Germany with the goal of finishing a marathon. I did so and after just 3 months of running posting a time of 2:56. After this I got recruited to join my hometown’s running club. I ran almost anything from 800m to half marathon over the next few years.

In 1997, I moved to the United States and continued my running of mostly 10k and half marathons. In 2001 I stopped running, due to lack of motivation. Four years later in 2005, I heard about the Tahoe Triple, (three marathons in three days), and decided to try this crazy race. I won the race setting a new course record.

I ran the Triple again in 2006 (3Days/3Marathons 8:43:19) and at the end of that year decided to give Ultra races a try. I ran my first Ultra in 2007, the Jed Smith 50k (3:12:32). In 2007 I also got the honor to represent my home country of Germany at the IAU Ultra Trail World Challenge, I was a member of the German National Team again in 2009 at the Trail World Challenge in France.

Since then I have ran many Ultra races up to the 100 mile distance and was instrumental in the founding of the SLO Trail Runners trail running club in my home town of San Luis Obispo, California.

Outside of Ultra running I am Creative Director at Kraftwerk Design, a high end design and branding agency with focus on the wine industry. I live in beautiful San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast of California with my wonderful wife and 2 boys.

Adventures 2021

February 2021
Orange Curtain 50k
Dependent on COVID
April 2021
American River 50M
Dependent on COVID
July 2021
Tahoe Rimtrail 50M
Dependent on COVID
September 2021
FKT Sierra Nevada Mountains
Dependent on COVID
October 2021
Bhutan Snowman Race
Dependent on COVID
October 2021
Javelina 100M
Dependent on COVID
November 2021
JFK 50
Dependent on COVID


German National Team
2x Member
Trail Ultra
2011 RRCA National Champion Masters
100 MIle Trail, 20:58
(Trail, Altitude, 2011)
Tahoe Rimtrail 50 Mile
Course Record, 7:52:09
(Trail, Altitude, 2008)
3Days/3Marathons, 8:43:19
(Road, Altitude, 2006)
50 Mile
(Road, 2007)
50 Kilometer
(Road, 2007)
(Road, 1998)
(Road, 1998)
(Track, 1996)
(Track, 1996)
(Track, 1995)