Third Level Running with: Eric Dalimarta

I’ve added a new category to my blog regarding running.  I’m calling it “Third Level Running”.  I’ve come up with that category due in large part to my IT background where there are different levels of support.  Level 1 is usually support for typical, simple problems.  Level 2 usually deals with intermediate problems that may require some research & with some experience at troubleshooting.  Level 3 support usually requires a great deal of know-how and experience in resolving complex problems.  And, from that line of thinking is where I’m getting “Third Level Running”.  Basically, with Third Level running, I will introduce hardcore runners that tend to be very experienced veteran runners that push themselves to levels that are very hard for most of us to fathom.  These Third Level Runners are really the shiz!  They take running to a level that may seem incomprehensible to most of us.  These runners are a very tough and crazy bunch.

So, without further ado, I introduce to you the first runner of ‘Third Level Running’, my good friend, Mr. Eric Dalimarta.


  •  Who is Eric Dalimarta: I am an Indonesian who lives in NY. To be honest, I haven’t done that much running until 2008, when I did my first 10k. It was a hard day.
    Before that, I was a heavy smoker and drinker. My lifestyle was far from healthy and studied in art school and worked in the advertising industry didn’t help either. But now, running has been my salvation from all of that dark side. I have not smoked for more than 4 years.
    And, I have never been as healthy and stronger as today.
    When I was in the high school, I was in the mountaineering club. Loved it and still love mountaineering. So trail running has become the best combination activity that I have.
  • What have been your top 3 races this year?  Manitou’s Revenge, Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie, and Nueces 50.
  • When choosing a race, what do you look for?  The route. I prefer a point to point race and avoiding multiple loops, I think 3-4 laps are my max.
    Elevation, I love being in the mountain and high places. Also more elevation is usually more entertaining and challenging trail.
    Race review, I think this would be the most important, it would be awful to commit into a race that is not well organized, and it could be dangerous too. Running a race is suppose to be fun. In a way.
  • Pick out a significant race you have done and explain how you went about preparing for it. I guess my significant race for me this year was the TDS.  For the preparation, I made a couple stages of races that had difficult progression, they were Bear Mountain 50 miles and Manitou Revenge.  And for those races I also had a few training races in between. Usually, I used them to simulate my races strategy over the terrain or the distance. I am still learning this ultra running sport.
    And for my day by day training, I ran to work 3 days a week between 6-10 miles with a pace that a little faster than my comfortable pace. On the weekends, I usually did a long run or hill repeat on the trail. Or sometime just across the boroughs of New York.
  • What motivated you to enter the world of ultra running?  I guess the challenge. But most importantly being outdoor,and go to high places where my legs can take me.
  • How long have you been ultra running? January 2013 at RTT 50K in Savanah
  • Do you run marathons and races under the marathon distance?  Yes, I love half marathon races. Not to short where it just too fast, but not too far that I could still enjoy my pace.
  • How do you stay focused when running ultras that are fifty miles or more? Humm not sure, I was such a slacker and a goof on the run, so I actually never focused. But the funny thing is I could do math better on my ultra marathon races, and it kept me occupied.
  • How do you fuel when training on long runs and when you are actually running an ultra say, for a 50k, 100k, 100 miler? How many calories are you intaking during these runs? Again, I’m such a slacker, I have never calculated my calories intake. Usually, I drink my tailwind every 15 minutes and get a Honey Stinger Wafle or mini Cliff bar every 30 minutes. On the race day, for 50K, I don’t eat much. Maybe just some oranges, chips, cokes and some candies. But on the 50 miles or 100 miles, I eat PB&J sandwich, noodle soup, figs, salt potatoes, and cokes.
  • What running shoes do you use for ultra running and why? I use New Balance 110. It’s minimalist so I can feel the surface better. It s light. And the traction of the outsoles are amazing. I have used this on ice, snow, mud, rocks, sand, you name it.
  • Do you swap out shoes during races?  I used to, but this year I don’t change shoes anymore.
  • How many hours per week do you devote to your training?  I think probably 2-3 hours per day on the weekdays. And could be up to 5-8 hours per day on the weekends. If I don’t have injury or lazy.
  • How many ultra races do you run per year?  Probably 6-8.
  • What’s your next big race? Pinhoti 100 2014.


Well, there’s my first installment of Third Level Running.  I hope you got something from it.

I don’t think I could of picked a better person for this inaugural running category launch than Eric.  I’ve known Mr. Dalimarta for over ten years.  When I met Eric he was a grad student at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Since then, we’ve run together, climbed the same mountains (Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc) and backpacked Pisgah National forest.

This man truly pushes the limits in just about everything he does especially in running and mountaineering.    Although, he is an overachiever by definition, Eric is an incredibly humble guy.  He handles successes and setbacks with humility and grace and, becomes a better person from it all.  He’s also one of the funniest people you’ll ever know!  Ask him about the time he pushed a sleeping monkey off a fence.  It is one of the funniest stories ever!

Eric is currently sponsored by Trail Toes and, is testing equipment for another company but he cannot disclose as of yet the name of that company.  Eric, I know, will go far in life and in running.

Hope you get a chance to meet this amazing person and runner.


Thanks for stopping by.

Third Level Running installments will come out once a month.  The Rocking Runner of the Week will come out every other week.

All the very best to you and yours!





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