Andrzej Piotrowski POL

Andrzej Piotrowski, a Polish ultra-runner, has made a remarkable impact in the world of long-distance running, showcasing exceptional endurance and resilience. Piotrowski began his amateur sports career relatively late, at the age of 33 in 2016. Despite this late start, he quickly rose to prominence, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

Piotrowski's journey to success began in 2018 when he made his debut in the 24-hour run at the Polish Championships, where he emerged victorious in the Open category, covering an impressive distance of 243.412 km. Although his outstanding performance did not initially earn him the official title of Polish Champion due to his subsequent affiliation with the Polish Athletic Association (PZLA), it marked the beginning of an illustrious career.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, Piotrowski continued to excel, securing notable achievements in various ultra-running events. His accomplishments included a third-place finish in the Polish 100 km Championships and victories in the 12-hour run at the Gala Biegów Ultra in Krakow and the Supermaraton Kalisia 100 km race. Notably, during the 24-hour race in Albi, France, he clinched the sixth position, setting a new Polish record with an astounding distance of 267,964 km.

The year 2020 saw Piotrowski setting a new Polish record in the 12-hour run in Ruda Śląska, covering a distance of 152.541 km. His success continued into 2021, where he broke his own record in the 24-hour run in Pabianice, achieving a phenomenal distance of 272.606 km and claiming the title of Polish Champion. This race also witnessed several record-breaking performances, solidifying Piotrowski's status as a force to be reckoned with in the ultra-running community.

In 2022, Piotrowski's dominance in the sport reached new heights. He once again shattered his own record in the 24-hour run, this time in Pabianice, achieving an extraordinary distance of 282.201 km. Subsequently, at the World Championships in Bernau bei Berlin, he improved his personal best and secured the 11th position. His exceptional form continued as he earned the title of vice-champion and team European champion in the 24-hour run in Verona, Italy, setting a new Polish record of 301.859 km.

Piotrowski's achievements in 2023 further solidified his status as an elite ultra-runner. He broke Polish 12-hour record with a distance of 166.37 km during the event in Koper, Slovenia and the same year he secured the 2023 Polish Championship title in the 24-hour run, covering an impressive 265.130 km in Pabianice. At the World Championships in Taipei, he earned a silver medal in the team event and claimed the sixth position individually.

Andrzej opened 2024 with an ambitious project, "Po rekord na 100km" (Towards the 100km Record), which reflects his unyielding dedication and passion for the sport, a decision to leave everything behind and journey to Kenya for an extended period 12 weeks.

In a heartfelt message, Piotrowski shared, "Each of us has our own set of values and comfort zones – I realize that abandoning relationships, work, and stability may not resonate with the majority, so I do not expect widespread understanding." His words reflect the sacrifices and personal commitment required to pursue such a monumental endeavor, highlighting the extraordinary determination and resolve that define his character.

Beyond the confines of traditional competition, Piotrowski's project represents a deeply personal and transformative journey, reflecting his unwavering commitment to push the limits of his own potential. As he continues to train and explore in Kenya, his bold endeavor serves as a testament to his unshakeable spirit and relentless pursuit of greatness. His project not only demonstrates his unwavering dedication to his craft but also serves as an inspiration to others, encouraging individuals to embrace change, pursue their passions, and fearlessly pursue their dreams.

Beyond his success in ultra-running, Piotrowski has also displayed his prowess in mountain and trail running, setting records in prominent trails such as Szlak Orlich Gniazd and Główny Szlak Świętokrzyski.

Piotrowski's remarkable journey and consistent record-breaking performances have solidified his position as one of Poland's most exceptional ultra-runners. His dedication, resilience, and unwavering determination continue to inspire both aspiring and seasoned athletes in the ultra-running community. 

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