There Are No Limits
Richard P. Burgunder III is an athlete, entrepreneur, adventurer, ambassador, and activist. 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 and has lived in 9 cities throughout the US over the past 18 years.
Burgunder earned a BA in Economics and certificate in Leadership Education and Development from Pennsylvania State University, along with a certificate from Cambridge University in International Development: Understanding Contemporary Issues and Themes. He currently is pursuing certification in Management and Leadership Learning through Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development. Burgunder has trained at the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) and holds certificates from their Community Awareness Program (CAP).
Burgunder’s motto is, “There are no limits,” and he applies this to everything he does.
Burgunder is a professional extreme athlete who has competed across the globe. He 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.
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Burgunder is a professional extreme athlete turned serial entrepreneur in the defense and sports industries. He founded and is the managing director of Kurjax, a division of Extremus LLC, the global sports management company he founded in 2008. Through Extremus LLC, Burgunder managed and served as public relations liaison for more than 50 professional athletes from 9 countries throughout the Americas, Africa, and Europe.
When he was an analyst and project manager for prominent government contractors in the New York and Washington, DC metro areas, Burgunder provided business development solutions with an international focus on federal civilian, defense, and intelligence missions.
Burgunder was named one of the 45 Most Inspiring Men in the USA in 2014 by the Platform Magazine Inspiring Men’s Special Edition Issue (September 2014). He was a featured entrepreneur in Sports Launch: The Magazine “50 Proven Ways to Break Into Sports” (June 2013) and on Beyond The Game Sports Talk Insider Series “Meet Richard Burgunder” (August 21, 2012). Additionally, Burgunder was named one of the rising stars in sports business in 2013 by Sports Networker (January 1, 2013).
For more on Kurjax, please visit www.kurjax.com.
Burgunder is a global brand ambassador who has represented more than 50 multinational brands and several Fortune 500 companies. Burgunder represented PowerBar Team Elite from 2008 to 2015 and was twice named PowerBar Athlete of the Week (October 24, 2011 and December 1, 2009). Selected to participate in the inaugural SUGOI Brand Champions program, he represented SUGOI from 2009 to 2016. Burgunder was the first athlete selected to the XTERRA Trail Run (XTR) Ambassadors program and has been representing XTERRA since 2010. A 3-time featured speaker at XTERRA Trail Run Nationals (2012 – 2014), he was selected to the inaugural OGIO Advisory Staff program from 2013 to 2016 and was named OGIO Athlete of the Week (March 26, 2015). He also has represented several sponsorship programs through Active Ambassadors (2009 – 2014), including Team Wheaties, PowerBar FMA program, Team Gillette, Team Michelob ULTRA, Team LG Tone, Team Compex, and Team MGD 64. Burgunder has actively participated in the Nike Central Park Track Club, Georgetown Running Company, and Penn State Triathlon Club.
Burgunder is a political activist and supporter of the Patriot Movement. A member of the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, Burgunder also is a commissioned officer in the US Special Field Forces of the National Militia (U.S.S.F.). He has been recognized by paramilitary groups for his commitment to patriotism and was awarded the U.S.S.F. Military Education Award (January 2017) and the U.S.S.F. Patriot Ribbon (September 2016). Additionally, he was appointed Second Lieutenant (O-1) of the U.S.S.F. (August 1, 2016).
Burgunder is an adventurer with a passion for adventure travel, exploration, and a nomadic lifestyle. Burgunder has explored the ancient, mountainous region known as Samurai Country in the Gunma Prefecture in Japan; the colorful Maasai Market in Nairobi, Kenya; diverse jungles and tranquil beaches throughout Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica; and legendary beaches and winter waves along the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. These are just some of his adventures across 47 states and 4 continents. In addition to summiting 7 of the highest peaks in the contiguous United States, Burgunder summited Japan’s Mt. Fuji, Colorado’s Long’s Peak and Pike’s Peak, and New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington. Burgunder was a finalist for Discovery Channel’s Ruler of the Jungle reality television show (December 2015).
Trail Run Series Manager
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.
Sales Administrator International & Endurance
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.
GREAT BRITAIN MARATHON TEAM MEMBER, OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY RUNNER AND UKA COACH
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.
PREMIUM PLUS SPORTS, THE ATHLETE TRAVEL COMPANY
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.
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