The Women Behind The Movement
Marta had the idea for this project while she was considering what to tackle for her first FKT. She saw so many appealing routes that didn’t have women’s times. It was too much for her to tackle on her own, so she started thinking about what a group effort might look like. The idea grew from there.
Danielle is an avid ultrarunner who is constantly reminded of the importance of mental training in addition to physical training. She has run countless 100-mile races, set the FKT on the Oregon section of the PCT, and holds the FKT on the Rogue River Trail.
Danielle has worked with countless professional athletes and Olympians and specializes in helping athletes avoid the pitfalls of negative self-talk, so that they can achieve more balance in all parts of their lives. Using her 4 core principles, she guides her clients along their paths to physical and mental well-being, helping athletes reach their potential. You can learn more about this here: https://www.innerdrivewellness.com/
Stacey prefers being on trail as an ultrarunner and fastpacker who loves multi-day adventures and off-trail travel. She is a running coach, DEI advisor (focused on increasing representation in outdoor spaces), trail crew leader, and by profession, a technical project manager. She currently has two FKTs, including the Olympic Peninsula Traverse via the Pacific Northwest Trail. She is currently planning a couple more FKT attempts in the near future.
Teri is an avid backpacker, trail runner, cross country skier and mom. No stranger to operating in areas where women are scarce, she has previously been a co-race director for the Hagg Mud Ultras, a race photographer, and a ham radio coordinator for local trail races in the ultrarunning world. She completed a 188 mile FKT across the Olympic Peninsula of Washington this past summer with fellow Women Who FKT coordinator Stacey.
If records were set by the “Most Known Obsession with Trails” as opposed to the “Fastest Known Time” on trails, Grayce Langheine would be a top contender! She loves the trails and encourages women of all paces and places to join in on the fun. As of 2023, she’s completed three FKT’s with very beatable times in an effort to get a female time on the board and encourage faster women to beat her. When not on the trails, Grayce is a coach, race director, and general trail bum in South Central Pennsylvania.
Isabella J was born in Oceanside, CA and grew up playing competitive basketball, swimming, and extreme sports. After breaking her back snowboarding at the age of 19 and almost being paralyzed, she switched to running. Isabella finished her first ultra in 2015, which was the same year she was diagnosed with Ménière’s Disease, an issue that causes hearing loss, imbalance and vertigo. “IzzyB” continued to grow with the sport and started her own running club Ultrabuds. In 2016 she raced her first Spartan race, which she combines with other challenges such as the Coldwater Rumble 100, Moab 240, and setting her first FKT on the Boise Greenbelt. You can follow her adventures on Instagram.
Hillary is a runner of 24 years who prefers mountain single track and alpine views to road running. She is a run and strength coach of Blaze Strength and Endurance, a mother of two girls, sewist, baker, and avid monster movie watcher. Hillary has yet to complete an FKT, but has plans for 2023!
Bethany Garretson is a writer and mountain athlete located in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. She has worked as a wilderness therapy guide, college professor and is currently an Assistant Program Manager at a therapeutic boarding school for adolescent boys in Lake Placid, New York. She believes in the healing power of nature and that outdoor spaces are our greatest teachers.
Rachel is an ultrarunner and run leader of a run crew (Why We Run) in Philadelphia! When she’s not going on long weekend run adventures, she loves spending time with her cat Abby, reading, and napping!
Brynn is a mom, wife, trail runner and triathlete who white water kayaks, skis, snowshoe runs, rock climbs, swims, does yoga, lifts weights and rides bikes (mountain and gravel). She writes about running for WeeViews, teaches yoga, works for a bike tour company, serves as a trail crew member for the Ohiopyle Biking Club (OBC) and Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Ridge Runners, leads all-female rides with OBC and trail runs with the Trail Run Tribe and has been setting Fastest Known Times in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia since March 2020.
Calantha came late to trail running and only completed her first ultra and FKT in 2022 without much prior history in the sport. A committed mid-packer, she enjoys long slow rambling distances; you won’t ever catch her doing a “workout” or running repeats. She also loves bikepacking and fastpacking and will always choose sleeping on the ground in the woods over a bed at a hotel. For her 9 to 5, Calantha works for an environmental non-profit inspiring on-the-ground action for environmental resilience and social good. She currently lives in Québec, Canada.
Julia is an ultrarunner from South Central Pennsylvania. She has yet to complete an FKT but hopes to do so this year – she has her eye on a few! Julia is the leader of her local South Central PA Trail Sisters chapter and enjoys giving back to the trail community through volunteer work.