Bill Andrews has been competing in ultramarathons since 1996 when he first ran the Firetrails 50 mile race in the San Francisco Bay area in October of that year. His addiction to the sport was instantaneous and he signed up for his second ultramarathon the very next weekend and competed in four total before the year was over.
He met both Norm and Helen Klein that year and they became his greatest mentors and inspirations. His passion for running ultramarathons continued and Bill competed in twenty 50 mile races in 1997. He ran his first 100 mile race in 1998 (Rocky Racoon) with guidance from Norm and Helen Klein and discovered that 100’s were his new addiction. That year, he completed the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, the Last Great Race, the Western Slam, and completed more 100’s that year than anyone else in the world. Bill would only compete in four ultramarathons in 1999 before temporarily retiring from the sport for 5 years to start his own medical research company Sierra Sciences.
He returned to the sport in 2004 after seeing a tremendous decline in his health due to lack of exercise. Getting physically fit to compete in the sport again was the toughest thing he has ever done and he will (try to) never retire from the sport again.
He is now running ultramarathons better than ever. He has completed the 135 mile Badwater Ultramarathon twice and has set PR’s in everything from the marathon and beyond since his return to the sport.
In total, Bill has competed in more than 100 ultramarathons. Bill always has fun when running; because if it stops being fun, why do it? Proper nutrition is key to this. Bill specializes in simple ways to maintain proper electrolyte levels as well as energy to ensure that stomach issues and exhaustion don’t spoil the fun.
Bill’s background in medical research, including a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics, provides him with opportunities to view ultrarunning not just as a matter of willpower but as a matter of efficient body biochemistry and mechanics. Bill is working on the latest in nutrition with Isagenix.