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Camille Herron sets another world record, wins another world title

Oklahoma native Camille Herron won another world championship and set another world record over the weekend.

Running in the International Association of Ultrarunners 24-Hour World Championship in Albi, France, she took the lead on the first lap of the race's 1,500-meter loop and never lost it. She ran 270.116 kilometers or 167.842 miles during the 24-hour race. 

She not only won by nearly 10 miles but also shattered her own world record for distance covered by a woman in a day. Her previous 24-hour world record was 162.9 miles, set in December, and though the results from this weekend must be certified, Herron continues to add to her ultrarunning legacy.

Herron, 37, also led Team USA to gold. The top three American women combined to run 746.132 kilometers, 25.008 (15.539 miles) more than second-place Poland.

"It was very hard-fought," Herron told IRun4Ultra after the race. "Everybody on the team fought for that one. We fought with valor. Many of our teammates had body issues, and it all came down to the three of us that were able to dig really deep to score for us.

"For me, it was puke and rally."

Herron, who graduated from Westmoore High School and Tulsa, has lived much of her adult life in the Oklahoma City area, though she now trains extensively in Alamosa, Colo.

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Camille Herron, Oklahoma native and world-class ultra-runner, competes in the Comrades Marathon in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa, June 4, 2017. Photo by Jetline Action

Camille Herron, Oklahoma native and world-class ultra-runner, competes in the Comrades Marathon in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa, June 4, 2017. Photo by Jetline Action

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