There Are No Limits


Richard P. Burgunder III is a professional extreme athlete who has set records, garnered multiple championship titles, and summited several of the most iconic peaks in the world. He has been featured on CBS, NBC, Fox Sports, ESPN Radio, and other major media outlets. Print media coverage includes: Associated Press, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Colorado Runner, Running USA, Sports Networker, Pittsburgh City Paper, Naples Daily News, Competitor Magazine, and XTERRA Planet Magazine.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Burgunder is a traveler at heart. He has adventured across 48 states and 4 continents—and brings a camera wherever he goes. His passions include alpine climbing, mountaineering, fastpacking, foreign affairs, political theology, and reading. He currently works as a private defense contractor specializing in international security and international development solutions.

Burgunder has completed 24 marathons/ultramarathons, qualified 14 times for the Boston Marathon, and qualified another 14 times for world championships in trail running, duathalons, stair climbing, and marathon team relays. A 5-time Regional Champion of the XTERRA Trail Run Series, Burgunder is the only runner in XTERRA Trail Run Series history to earn titles in 4 different regions—New England (2009), northern Ohio (2011), Pocono (2011 and 2012), and Utah (2013). He also is one of an elite group of runners in XTERRA Trail Run history to win titles in 2 different states in the same year (Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2011).

In addition to being a 5-time elite invitational heat competitor at the Empire State Building Run-Up (2007-2011), Burgunder is a 2-time National Champion for the men’s 20-29 age group at the 2008 USA Trail Marathon and 50 Mile Road National Championships. Further, he is a 2-time Top 10 Medalist at the USATF National Championships, finishing 6th at the 2008 USA Trail Marathon National Championships and 9th at the 2009 50 Mile Road National Championships. He finished 12th at the 2008 50 Mile Road National Championships.

Burgunder challenged the stair climbing record of 101 consecutive times up the 42-story University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, the second tallest educational building in the world. He climbed the building’s 36 floors of climbable stairs 71 times over 15 hours and 34 minutes on February 15, 2009. Equivalent in distance to going from sea level to the top of Mt. Everest, this earned him a spot in the “Cathedral of Learning Everest Club,” a select group of athletes who have accomplished this extreme endurance feat.

Burgunder represented the inaugural Team USA in the first leg of The Greatest Race on Earth 2007-08 in Nairobi. Team USA finished 28th overall.

A 2-time member of Team USA for the ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championships (2005 Barcis, Italy, and 2006 Fredericia, Denmark), Burgunder was ranked 9th nationally in the USAT men’s 20-24 age group duathlon standings (2003-2004).

He was a member of the 3-person, coed team that holds the mixed student tri/quad course record (6:04:46) kept by the Nittany Valley Running Club, and completed on October 11, 2003, at the Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile Relay in Boalsburg, PA.

Burgunder holds the fastest 50k by a 20-year-old resident of Pennsylvania (3:43:20), as recorded and kept by Lehigh University, and completed on March 25, 2000, at the GNC and USATF Ultra Series in Pittsburgh, PA.

An avid mountaineer who specializes in alpine style climbing, Burgunder has summited 8 of the highest peaks in the contiguous United States, plus Japan’s Mt. Fuji and Mt. Shirane, Colorado’s Longs Peak and Pikes Peak, New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington, and Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.

In addition to receiving a BA in Economics and certificate in Leadership Education and Development from Pennsylvania State University, Burgunder earned a certificate in International Development: Understanding Contemporary Issues and Themes from the University of Cambridge. He has been selected to participate in the Cambridge Security Initiative (CSi) this summer. The CSi operates in partnership with the UK’s Department of War Studies, King’s College, and University of London.

He currently is also pursuing a professional graduate certificate in International Security through Harvard University.

Burgunder’s motto is, “There are no limits,” and he applies this to everything he does.

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Emily McIlvaine

Richard Burgunder has been a major part of the XTERRA Trail Run racing community for almost a decade. His enthusiasm for running is beyond motivational, and his dedication to the growth of trail running in particular has been instrumental to the success of the XTERRA Trail Run Series. Whether it’s coaching, racing, volunteering or simply befriending a fellow competitor, Rich is definitely someone that has positively impacted our community. Every XTERRA event is better when Rich is there.

Emily McIlvaine
Trail Run Series Manager

Darran Bilton

I first met Richard Burgunder as an ‘adversary when we were both competing in the Nairobi International Marathon. I was selected for the Great Britain team and Richard was running for the U.S.A. There were athletes from many countries, not only the Americas and Europe, but also Asia. What stood out about Richard was his incredibly positive attitude, not only about athletics but also to life in general. We both gained many friends in that particular competition and I am proud to say that Richard is still one that I respect and admire as an elite athlete.

Darran Bilton
Great Britain Marathon Team Member
Olympic Torch Relay Runner
UKA Coach
Four-time London Marathon Masters Champion

Hailey Wunderli

Richard is an amazing athlete and is always taking on new endeavors in which “There are no limits,” as he would say. He is immensely accomplished in several areas including: marathons/ultramarathons, trail running, duathlons, stair climbing, marathon team relays, mountaineering, etc. He is an extremely valuable member of OGIO’s Advisory Staff and has shown great devotion to representing the OGIO brand in each of his adventures. In addition to Richard’s accomplishments, his motivated and amiable character make him exactly the type of athlete we want to represent the OGIO brand.

Hailey Wunderli
Sales Administrator- International Golf & Domestic Endurance Accounts
OGIO International

Deepak Patel

Richard Burgunder and Premium Plus Sports has had a mutually beneficial relationship over the years. As a professional athlete, Richard has represented himself and his partners with integrity and professionalism.

Deepak Patel
Premium Plus Sports, The Athlete Travel Company


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