BIGFOOT Driver:  Dan Runte

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Date of Birth:  May, 1964
Birthplace: 
Freeport, IL
Residence: 
Missouri
Date of Hire: 
January, 1989
Years Competing: 
25
Marital Status / Children: 
Married / 1 Child
Favorite Type of Music: 
Anything
Hobbies: 
Water skiing and motorcycles
Favorite Food: 
Steak and seafood
Quote: 
“It’s all about the t-shirts!”
Something you want to try with BIGFOOT: 
“I’ll never say it out loud”

Dan is widely considered to be the best that the monster truck industry has ever seen.  Dan “The Man”, as he is known, started out at BIGFOOT as a crew member and ended up loving it so much that he moved his way up through the ranks and is now Team BIGFOOT’s most daring and accomplished driver … ever.   Dan has won an astonishing 14 National Championships, including 5 straight Toughest Monster Truck Tour Tites, and has been MTRA’s Driver of the Year 6 times!   Dan is most proud of his Guinness monster truck long jump record that he did in 2012, in which he jumped BIGFOOT 214’8”!  He has owned this record, at various jump distances, for the better part of 15 years. One of these attempts was all the way back in 1999, when he jumped a 727 airplane.  He also jumped over 7 cars plus his tractor-trailer lengthwise that same year.  He also holds the fastest monster truck in the 1/8 mile at 86.56 mph.  Dan’s favorite places to perform in BIGFOOT are at the former Firebird Raceway in Arizona and at the fairgrounds in Bloomsburg, PA and Indianapolis, IN.  Meeting new people and competing in real racing is what he likes most about being a BIGFOOT driver.  Dan is simply the best in the industry, but he never forgets that his fans are the most important part!

Dan Runte’s Accomplishments with Team BIGFOOT

2016
Won Toughest Monster Truck Tour Series Championship

2015
Won Toughest Monster Truck Tour Series Championship

2014
Won Toughest Monster Truck Tour Series Championship

2013
Won Toughest Monster Truck Tour Series Championship

2012
Won Toughest Monster Truck Tour Series Championship
Breaks Guinness long jump world record with 214’8” jump

2011
Won 4-Wheel Jamboree Series Championship
MTRA Driver of the Year

2009
Set 1/8 mile speed record for monster truck at 86.56 mph

2008
MTRA Driver of the Year

2007
Won CFP Series Championship
Won MLMT Series Championship

2004
Took 2nd in ProMT Series Championship

2003
Won CFP Series Championship

2002
Took 2nd in ProMT Series Championship
Won CFP Series Championship

2001
Won ProMT Series Championship

2000
Took 2nd in ProMT Series Championship

1999
Breaks long jump record with 144‘10” jump
Breaks Guinness long jump world record with 202’ jump over 727 airplane
Won CFP Series Championship
MTRA Driver of the Year

1998
Breaks long jump record with 141’10” jump
MTRA Driver of the Year

1997
Took 2nd in Penda Series Points Championship

1996
Won Penda Series Points Championship

1995
Won Penda Series Points Championship
MTRA Driver of the Year

1994
Took 2nd in Penda Series Points Championship
MTRA Driver of the Year

1993
MTRA Driver of the Year

1992
Visited Aruba & Curaçao with BIGFOOT

1991
Visited Australia with BIGFOOT

1990
Visited Puerto Rico with BIGFOOT

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Dan Runte

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