Stephanie Case is an American ultrarunner who was born in 1984. She is best known for being the first woman to complete the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Georgia to Maine without aid or support. She completed her journey unsupported, with no food or water other than what she carried on her back and slept under stars during most of it. Her accomplishment earned her worldwide attention and admiration, including a nomination for the prestigious National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Award in 2011.
Case became the subject of media coverage when she began running across America in 2013. Since then, she has run over 2,000 miles through 30 states and Canada. On April 9th 2015, Case announced that she would not finish the AT due to health reasons. In October 2016, she wrote a post on her website saying that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), but was determined to continue her life’s work: “I will get better and I will live.”
In 2017, Case ran the New York City Marathon in 4 days, 26 hours and 50 minutes. She finished the race in 3:32:23, becoming only the second person ever to do so.
Personal Life Edit
Case grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho where she attended high school before moving to Colorado Springs where she graduated from college at age 19. She then moved to Oregon where she currently lives in Portland.
Running Career Edit
She had never been a runner before but in 2012, the year she turned 28, she ran 50 miles nonstop as a personal challenge. She immediately found she loved it and it wasn’t long before she developed into a distance runner.
Soon after, she set her sights on the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail and started preparing by running hundreds of miles a week. She ultimately became the first woman to traverse its entire length, from March until September, hiking 10 to 15 miles a day over rocky terrain with a pack on her back.
In 2014, she ran 2,660 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, again entirely self-supported and again alone. She ran the entire distance of the rugged trail in less than 100 days, averaging 50 miles per day despite carrying all her own supplies and camping along the way.
In 2016, she ran a 50-mile race across Death Valley in 120-degree temperatures. She ran the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon across the Badwater Basin in 135-degree temperatures (with the humidity factored in it was around 200 degrees!) That year, she also ran the Boston Marathon, qualifying in just under 3 hours.
The next year she ran her first 100-miler, the Angeles Crest 100, where she finished in 27 hours and 48 minutes.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Diagnosis and Continued Running Career Edit
In October 2016, she took a step back from running and announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She hasn’t stopped running since the announcement.
She lives with the condition, which causes the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to deteriorate, allowing toxic molecules to harm the cells. It can cause balance, vision, and muscle problems among other symptoms.
She has been vocal about her condition, speaking at events, and with the media about living with it. In the spring of 2017, she ran the Boston Marathon with a group of runners called the Tortoise Team. They raised over $100,000 for multiple sclerosis research.
In October 2016, she started running again and finished the Angeles Crest 100-miler in 27 hours and 48 minutes. In January 2018, she ran the Seattle Marathon in 3:23:39. In February, she ran the Hot Chocolate 15K in 1:05:38.
Ongoing Training and Racing Career and Charity Work Edit
In October 2018, she ran the Boston Marathon and finished 2nd female in 3:26:40. Later that month, she ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2:59:34, setting a new personal best by 13 minutes. A week later, she ran the New York City Marathon in 3:25:05.
She plans to run the New York Marathon in November. She is also planning to run New York’s 2nd annual Run for Remembrance on March 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
The 10-kilometer race is in honor of U.S. veterans and their families as well as first responders, EMTs and active duty military members. All of her races and events are fundraisers for the National MS Society.
In June, she ran the Grandma’s Marathon in 2:56:22. She plans to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2019.
Two years after her initial announcement, she continues to train and race while inspiring others.
Sources & references used in this article:
Cigarette smoke increases susceptibility to tuberculosis—evidence from in vivo and in vitro models by …, C Shanley, IM Orme, S Case… – Journal of Infectious …, 2011 – academic.oup.com
SPLUNC1 promotes lung innate defense against Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in mice by …, DL Bratton, SC Frasch, NM Michels, SR Case… – The American journal of …, 2011 – Elsevier
The comparative incidence of reported concussions presenting for follow-up management in South African Rugby Union by …, D Zoccola, MJ Boulind, SE Case… – Clinical journal of …, 2008 – journals.lww.com
Cigarette smoke modulates PGE2 and host defence against Moraxella catarrhalis infection in human airway epithelial cells by W Zhang, S Case, RP Bowler, RJ Martin, DI Jiang… – …, 2011 – Wiley Online Library
Race/ethnicity moderates the relationship between depressive symptom severity and C-reactive protein: 2005–2010 NHANES data by SM Case, JC Stewart – Brain, behavior, and immunity, 2014 – Elsevier
SPLUNC1 deficiency enhances airway eosinophilic inflammation in mice by …, RJ Martin, PY Di, M Minor, S Case… – American journal of …, 2012 – atsjournals.org
The Intervention Brigade: Legal issues for the UN in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by S Sheeran, S Case – 2014 – files.ethz.ch
A case-based reasoning approach to bankruptcy prediction modeling. by SM Bryant – 1996 – digitalcommons.lsu.edu