Carl Read

Dirt Church Radio #196: Carl Read


This week on Dirt Church Radio Eugene speaks to fellow South Auckland kid and Ultraman champion Carl Read.

Coming from a rugby and cricket background, Carl decided to try his hand at Triathlon in 2007 to make some healthy change in his life.

Unlike most people who make healthy changes in their life, by 2012 Carl was a professional triathlete who competed in multiple Ironman (Ironmen?) triathlons around the world.

Doing his darndest to run into the biggest fire he could, Carl turned his sights to Ultraman, a hellish three day event which encompasses a 10km swim, 421km bike and an 84km run on the last day.

Carl dug deep and won the event in 2018 and 2019 and then turned his sights to ultramarathon (having set the record on the run leg of Ultraman), winning his first 100km race in 8.27 and then having a tilt at the Tarawera 100 miler.

You could say that Carl well and truly has the bit between his teeth. Honest about his struggles, infectious in his enthusiasm for the sport he loves, tattoos (he’s got loads) and that mighty flying mullet, this chat with Carl is a ripper. 

Carl Read – Eyes on the Prize with Matt Rayment and Eugene Bingham
Carl Read - New Zealand Ultra Runner