Pete Ripmaster



Henry David Thoreau wrote, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”


Pete Ripmaster would be quick to tell you that for the music he hears, “far away” would be an understatement. He was an athlete from day one, but didn’t find his true passion until later in life when he was first invited to run one of the toughest endurance races on the planet, the Iditarod Trail Invitational. This human powered race - without dogs- is a 1,000 mile ultra marathon on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska. 


You may ask what got Pete to this point. Well, it’s a long, colorful story! And one he's more than happy to share. No matter the audience, Pete will inspire, as he speaks from the heart encouraging others to chase their passions through determination and grit. Pete speaks on a number of topics, including: 


  • Setting and achieving audacious goals including, winning the 2018 Iditarod on foot

  • Running 50 Marathons in 50 States

  • Depression and its vices

  • Bullying

  • Finding Faith


When you hear Pete Ripmaster speak, you will leave inspired to hear your own drummer. Take a walk on the wild side: Hire Pete to speak at YOUR function.


KT Consulting

Pete Ripmaster is amazing! I had the honor of having Pete speak for a couple of different events and I am looking forward to hiring him again in the future. His authenticity will draw you in right away and ALL audiences of all backgrounds and ages connect with Pete and his story.

You'll laugh, cry, and be inspired. Pete's courage, perseverance, determination, and heart will stick with you for a lifetime! 

-Kerri Tietgen

Account Executive

Pete's uplifting, powerful story is of resilience.


The skills that allowed Pete to succeed and survive in the Alaskan wilderness helped bring perspective and reignite passion in our team. 

From Nome to boardrooms his story resonates and inspires. Thank you Pete!

-Katelyn Burek

Initiative Chicago

What a real conversation! Pete was an incredible force and gave such a moving message for my teams. Perseverance, preparedness, commitment and the power of support were so fitting for this young group of advertising professionals.


His story was powerful and gave the teams the 'permission' to think bigger, push through the hard times, and create a sense of purpose as the experience challenges.

-Beth Mach




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