Rob Krar’s passion for sport and the outdoors began at a young age growing up in the Canadian city of Hamilton, Ontario. His high school years found him participating in cross country, track, badminton, and water polo with summers spent on the triathlon circuit, twice representing Canada at the world championships.
Rob’s love for running brought him to the United States to attend Butler University as a middle distance specialist. Upon graduating he found his way west to Phoenix, AZ, lured by the endless sun and warm temperatures, taking a long break away from running.
Several years later and yearning for a return to a four-season home, he moved north to the mountain town of Flagstaff, AZ. Embraced by the mountains and the vibrant running scene, Rob expectantly found himself running and racing once again. He soon realized the roads were not his home and entered the 6-day TransRockies trail run with friend Mike Smith in 2009. This race proved fateful, leading to terrific highs—meeting his beautiful rock and ultimate partner Christina, and humbling lows—running to destruction, forced to undergo surgery to remove Haglund’s deformities from both heels in 2010.
The long recovery from surgery allowed him to find love and many new passions including fly-fishing, rock climbing, and ski mountaineering. Gradually, Rob found new peace on the trails and a healthier balance in life, prompting a return to racing in 2012.
Rob credits his fitness regimen of ski mountaineering to help him win and set a new course record in his first race back in nearly three years at the 2012 Moab Red Hot 33K, the first stop on the La Sportiva Mountain Cup which he would go on to win. Throughout his season, Rob continued to break barriers, setting a new “Fastest Known Time” (FKT) for the single crossing of the Grand Canyon in May 2012, traversing the north to south route in just over 2 hours and 51 minutes. Another highlight of his season was representing his home country of Canada at the World Mountain Running Championships in September in Temù, Italy.
Rob’s foray into ultra running began on a whim last November at the Bootlegger 25K/50K, opting for the longer distance at the last minute, “just to see what it would be like.” With a second place finish at the Bootlegger, a win and new course record a month later at the McDowell Mountain Frenzy 50K, he was encouraged to approach the 2013 season with his sights set on the longer distances. Another strong winter of ski mountaineering and another record setting win at the Moab Red Hot, this time in the 55K distance, set the tone for what is proving to be a breakout year in 2013.
Highlights include a record setting run at the Leona Divide 50M, breaking the prestigious Grand Canyon double crossing FKT (Fastest Know Time), and a successful initiation to the 100-mile distance with a second place finish at the Western States Endurance Run.
Rob’s return to competitive running and entrance into the world of ultra running has been a whirlwind and he looks forward to spending more time exploring the world on foot as a member of The North Face Global Team.