Krissy Moehl & Darcy Africa - Fastest known time on the Wonderland Trail
Want to cover the 93 wild and rugged miles of the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in a fastest known time? It pays be prepared—and to have fast friends.
Darcy Africa and Krissy Moehl are longtime friends, training partners and veteran 100-mile competitors. It would be easy to say they’d paid their dues and would best the women’s supported record, but scoring a fastest known time is never easy.
The Wonderland Trail has around 48,000 feet of cumulative elevation change, with six notable climbs in the opening miles. Darcy and Krissy cruisied through the climbs—and their water supply—faster than intended. Hunting for good water sources forced them to give back some of the time they had gained.
Starting out at 1:00 p.m. so they would run the most beautiful sections of trail in the light of the following day meant that darkness came quickly. Night miles often drag and are notorious for sapping psyche. Darcy and Krissy took turns pulling at the front through the night: whoever felt best would set the pace. “My stomach would tighten up and slow me down during the climbs. I didn’t want to eat. Darcy stayed strong on the climbs and it motivated me to keep pace rather than slip into walking.”
Motivation, a steady pace and excellent crew support put Darcy and Krissy ahead of their expectations by the time they were rolling through the closing miles to Longmire—well under the goal sub-24 hour mark. But sometimes the time warp of running in good company just makes things go better than expected.
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Photos: Fredrik Marmsater
Read Krissy’s recap of the run on her personal blog