Bill Watts is an avid outdoor enthusiast and experienced, but self-proclaimed "average" runner.
Born in a small town in northwest Nebraska, he was involved in high school sports. He played football, baseball, and was on the wrestling and track teams but admits he absolutely hated running at that time. 25 years later, he entered his first 10k race and has since entered over 350 races, from 5k street races all the way up to 50-mile trail races. He's raced in over 100 marathons in the past 20 years and estimates that he's logged about 80,000 miles in that time.
Watts won the highly coveted RRCA Grand Masters Marathon championship in both Colorado and Wyoming in 2017, and the RRCA Senior Grand Masters 50k championship in Colorado during his 2019 running campaign. He also has several sub-three-hour marathons on his resume, all after the age of 51.
During the summer of 2017, Watts ran the entire Colorado Trail, covering 516 miles and 92,000’ of elevation gain in just 13 days.
Watts works in the Information Technology business as a Systems Engineer and resides in Colorado. He is also a Certified Personal trainer, receiving his accreditation through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT), with a focus on endurance running.
Endurance Sports and Fitness Magazine - Alix J. Shutello, magazine writer and publisher
UltraMiriam - Miriam Diaz-Gilbert, author, ultra-runner
Dawes County Journal - Con Marshall, Nebraska Hall of Fame Sports Writer
Scottsbluff Star Herald - Jerry Purvis, sportswriter
Devil on the Divide 50k - 2021