Amelia Boone is one of those people who is wired differently than others. She is oblivious to pain and doesn’t want to just attain her goals, she wants to obliterate them. Boone is an obstacle course racer and an ultra runner who just dominates her events. Oh, yeah, she’s also a corporate attorney.
Boone somehow manages to find the time to train and work 80-hour weeks for Apple, Inc. On the weekend, she is the ultimate warrior. The Oregon native has won more than 30 obstacle course races and is a three-time champion of the World’s Toughest Mudder event.
Boone is scared of nothing, often running 100k races through rain, sleet, and freezing snow. But for 20 years there was something she couldn’t outrun: anorexia. Boone told Outside magazine, “The hardest things to fix are the things that we don’t want to admit to ourselves. And I finally admitted to myself that I couldn’t do it on my own.”
In 2019, Boone took a leave of absence from work and went for three months of treatment for something that has followed her since she was sixteen years old.
She returned to racing with a new attitude and finished with the same results. Boone is in a class by herself in a sport that demands grit, toughness, and attitude. In an interview with The Profile Boone offered up a quote by Cheryl’s Strayed’s “Brave Enough”, that stokes the fire in every she does.
“Hello fear. Thank you for being here. You’re my indication that I’m doing everything I need to do.”