Ultramarathon champion Nikki Kimball '98MSPT, a graduate of Arcadia’s Department of Physical Therapy, received the Archie Vomachka Alumni Achievement Award at a presentation and lecture in Stiteler Auditorium on Feb. 7. The award, named after founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences Dr. Archie Vomachka, recognizes alumni who excelled at Arcadia and in their careers.
A professional athlete with eight national championship titles and 14 U.S. National Team appointments, Kimball was undefeated in ultra trail racing for seven years and named North American Ultrarunner of the Year three times. Her record-breaking performance on Vermont’s 273-mile Long Trail was chronicled in the 2015 documentary Finding Traction.
As a physical therapist, Kimball has devoted her career to injury prevention and recovery. She co-created the Running Clinic, a multi-disciplinary health screening service in Lake Placid, NY that aims to decrease injury rates in runners, in addition to dedicating 17 years to outpatient practice in New York and Montana.
Kimball currently practices at Clearwater Physical Therapy and serves on the advisory board of Runner’s World magazine.