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Ultraman Year-By-Year Results Comparison

By December 9, 20086 Comments

Because I am obsessive compulsive, I just had to take a look back and compare my Ultraman finishing time of 26:33:47 against prior year results to see how I might have fared.  Don’t hold it against me.  I can’t help it.

Of course, time is close to meaningless in this absurdly long event — there are so many variables that play such a major part — ocean currents, high winds, rain, mechanicals, etc.  And this year we had GREAT conditions.  Although I’m told the swim currents this year were quite adverse and cost swimmers anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, I can’t honestly say that I noticed anything major (although I have nothing to compare it to).  But we had basically no rain and despite some occasional headwinds, it probably wasn’t bad as compared to prior years.

That said, I couldn’t help but notice that my time holds up pretty damn well against prior year results.  In fact, I would have placed substantially HIGHER in every year other than one over the last 15.  I would have been top 10 in every prior year except one (in 1999 I would have finished 11th just as I did this year).  Amazingly, my time would have been 2nd in 1992, 1993 and 2005; 3rd in 1994 and top 5 in 7 of the last 15 years!
Again, I can only assume that conditions were horrible in those years, as I just can’t believe I could have placed that high.  But still, I admit its sort of cool to wonder….Then again, maybe the field this year was just that fast.  Just that deep.
Here’s how my time would have measured up over the last 15 years of Ultraman Hawaii.  This kinda blows my mind:

2007: 8th
2006: 4th
2005: 2nd
2004: 6th
2003: N/A
2002: 5th
2001: 7th
2000: 5th
1999: 11th
1998: 6th
1997: 6th
1996: 6th
1995: 8th
1994: 3rd
1993: 2nd
1992: 2nd


  • jabra spelling says:

    I don’t see your name on a ny ultra race finishes???

  • Stephen says:

    Yeah, I just looked at all the results as well and don’t see you mentioned in any of the results?? Hmmm….

  • Carrie says:

    Click on “2008”–Rich is listed as 11th place. Also, click on “2009,” where you’ll see he’s listed as 6th place.

    Impressive splits, RR!

  • thomas meier says:

    u might find him 2008 and 2009….but all the other finishes he lists above do not match with official results of ultraman hawaii….if you go on … on 2008 results…and on his name u will see his overall results….”just” 2 times……

    but where are the other results he lists above coming from ? creative mind ? seems a bit phony… far…

  • richroll66 says:

    Hi Thomas — and Stephern and Jabra — For purposes of clarity (and bearing in mind this post is 6 years old), I raced Ultraman Hawaii in 2008 and 2009. My overall time in 2008 was 26 hours 33 minutes:

    In 2009, my overall time was 24 hours 30 minutes:

    Beyond this, I think you are misunderstanding the post. The other results listed are simply a comparison of where my 2008 time WOULD HAVE landed me in comparison to the finishers that year.

    Of course I did not race those years and never claimed I did. As specifically stated, “Here’s how my time would have measured up over the last 15 years of Ultraman Hawai”.

    You can find all the results over the years at:

    What part of this post leads you to call me “phony” or victim of a “creative mind?”

  • thomas meier says:

    wow, thanks for answering.

    ok, then i completly excuse myself, i completly misunderstood the post.

    thanks for this informative answer on your results.

    are there any latest race results of you ? the latest i found concering ultraraces was your 2011 ultraman dnf.

    i hope you are not done with racing but fore sure in some way one could say u proved it all with these two hardcore ultrman results.

    hope to hear from u, excuse for my misunderstanding and thanks again for your answer i did not expect.

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