Performance in Action

Local Denver Runner Powers through the Toughest Footrace on Earth with Potatoes

Ultrarunner Chavet Breslin, a Denver native, completed the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon this July for the second time in two years. Known as the toughest footrace on Earth, Badwater is a 135-mile race through Death Valley in the heat of the summer. A tough race like this calls for exceptionally tough fuel and what better fuel than potatoes! Chavet stresses the importance of properly fueling your body for a long run and suggests potatoes to anyone who asks what she eats during her long races. Her go-to race food is mashed potatoes. “Mashed potatoes are great during a race! When it’s hot, I have my team prepare them then put them on ice or I eat them right away when it’s cold outside. If I’m really worn out and don’t have much energy, my team can just water them down for me to almost drink them.”

Chavet has run a marathon, or longer distance, race in each of the 50 states and used potatoes to fuel her performance for every one of them. She is sponsored by Orange Mud and highlights mashed potatoes as her favorite race food on her Orange Mud athlete bio here. Chavet is also one of the first members of Team Potato, you can see her Featured Athlete Story on Potatoes USA looks forward to her continued work in promoting the power of potatoes as an exceptional race fuel as she becomes more involved with Team Potato.