Eric Senseman, acclaimed ultrarunner, writer, journalist and avid traveller, will be participating in the KPMG Tortola Torture on April 16, 2016. Eric is a professional runner who races as a member of the elite Scott Running Team.
In October 2015, Eric won the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile event in Boalsburg, PA, setting a personal best and course record with a time of 5 hours and 55 minutes. Eric’s personal best over a 50-kilometre trail course is 3 hours 35 minutes. He is expected to demolish the Torture course record of 5 hours 25 minutes set by Bridget Klein in the inaugural event last year.
Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2013, Eric has been travelling extensively and pursuing his long-distance running career. Eric has already won six ultra-marathons and finished in the top 10 in many others. A full list of Eric’s running successes can be found at www.goodsenserunning.com.
When not running, Eric is a freelance writer and has published more than three-dozen articles on ultrarunning. He is a regular contributor to UltraRunning Magazine and online ultrarunning resource http://www.irunfar.com.
“We are excited to have such an experienced ultrarunner as Eric join us for the Torture this year. It will be interesting to see how a professional runner fares on our new improved course. This year the benchmark is going to be set high!”
Seventy competed in the inaugural 2015 race including 27 individual entrants. 23 individuals finished.
The top three finishers were women, with Bridget Klein from St Croix sweeping the men off the roads of Tortola with a time of 5 hours, 25 minutes and 59 seconds. Kat Brownsdon from Virgin Gorda was second (5:43:30) and Pam Terry, also from St Croix, was third (5:57:53). A US runner, Tom Cripps, was the first man with a time of 6 hours, 2 minutes and 43 seconds. The last individual got to the finish line five hours after Bridget.
The KPMG Tortola Torture is open to individuals, two-person, and three-person relay teams. Entry fee is $85 per person and includes a ZootSports official tee shirt, finishers medal, five water stops, and pre-race pasta party.
Sponsors & Awards
Title sponsor KPMG provides audit, tax and advisory services together with industry insight to help organizations negotiate risks and perform in the dynamic and challenging environments in which they do business.
Mourant Ozannes, platinum sponsor, is a leading offshore law firm, advising on the laws of the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. It will be presenting the “Best Second Half Award” for the best performance from Sage Mountain to the finish at Trellis Bay, and manning the water stop at Sage Mountain.
Cape Air will be presenting the “Best Descent Award” from Sage Mountain to Brewer’s Bay; FuelBelt will be presenting the “Fastest Sprint Award” from the start at the Tortola Sports Club to west End Aid Station; JEEP will be presenting the “King Of The Mountain Award” from the Stoutt’s Lookout Aid Station to Sage Mountain.