Five Fabulous Female Finishes
There have been five fantastic female finishes in the endurance world in the both FKT (Fastest Known Times) and Firsts. I wanted to give a shout out to these fabulous ladies! (And I’m done with the alliteration)
Tahoe Rim Trail
On Wednesday Sept 30 2015, ultrarunner Krissy Moehl set a new fastest known time, or FKT, on the Tahoe Rim Trail. She finished the loop in 47 hours 29 minutes—a new women’s supported FKT, and nearly two hours faster than Amber Monforte’s 2014 record of 49 hours 17 minutes.
The 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail winds through the Sierra Nevada and Carson Mountain ranges of California and Nevada. The highest point on the trail is Relay Peak at 10,338 feet and lowest point is 6,240 feet.
A supported run means just that; Krissy had support crew of people meeting her at trailheads, bringing her food, water, gear. People who are running or pacing her can also carry her gear if the runner wants.
Krissy Moehl is a sponsored athlete by Patagonia and this is not her first record. 2 outright wins, 55 wins as first female. She also has the FKT on the Wonderland Trail with Darcy Piceu of 22.22.
Krissy also has a book coming out in November! Running Your First Ultra:Customizable Trailing Plans for Your First 50K to 100 Mile Race. She is also the Race Director of the Chuckanut 50K
Heather Anderson set an amazing FKT on the Appalachian Trail-a new unsupported record on September 25, hiking from Maine to Georgia in 54 days, 7 hours, 48 minutes.
Unsupported means Heather, trail name “Anish” carried all her food, water and gear for the full 2189 miles. She took four days off the record previously held by Matthew Kirk. Just for perspective, Scott Jurek set the supported FKT in 43 days, supported. Anish, all by herself, just took eight more days.
Anish holds the unsupported record on the Pacific Crest Trail. What she had to do for that? Rise at 5am, and hike, day after day, until 10 or 11pm at night. Then repeat that, for 2650 miles, beating the previous record by four days.
New Course Record at the Spartathlon
There was a new course record set at the Spartathlon, a 153 mile race from Athens to Sparta Greece. The Spartathlon aims to trace the footsteps of Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger sent to Sparta in 490 BC to seek help against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.
Not only did an American female set the record on the course, the 2nd female finisher, also American, went under the old course record.
Katalin Nagy won the race in 25:03, beating the old course record by almost two hours, which was 26.53 This was an improvement from her race last year by nearly three hours! This win came one month after winning the Burning River 100 Race in 18:30 on July 25.
Alyson Venti was second in 26:50. Alyson has won the Keys 100 twice, winning the race outright in 2014. She was overall winner in the Long Haul 100 in 2014. She won the Badwater 135 in 2014.
New Masters Record at Chicago Marathon
In the shortest distance on my shout out list, the 26.2 marathon, Deena Kastor has broken another US record, running 2:27:47 for a new U.S. masters record by almost one minute. For the fast marathon, that’s a lot of time to shave off! She finished seventh woman overall at age 42 and was the top American.
Kastor is a three-time Olympian, I hope going for another Trials, and she was the 2004 bronze medalist, running an awesome paced race in Greece, moving through the pack to end up third overall. She holds the American record for the marathon, a 2:19:36, which she ran in London in 2006.
Do you have any great female performances to give a shout out to? Let me know!