Atomic Youth


Dec 1, 2002
Outside Magazine

Moehl at the Seattle Center

Krissy Moehl [25]


Bow, Washington
Every night before the 50-mile torture test that ultrarunners call a race, Krissy Moehl paints her toenails. Each nail receives a minimum of three colors and is topped with sparkles. "It helps me relax," says the former University of Washington track team walk-on. Evidently, the ritual is paying off. In March 2000, just three months after four-time Western States 100 winner Scott Jurek invited her along on his group training runs outside Seattle, Moehl torched the women's field at her first ultra—the Chuckanut 50K in Bellingham, Washington—and set a new course record of just over five hours. She's since won six more ultras and has finished out of the top three only once in her last ten races. How does this five-foot-seven prodigy thrive in a sport dominated by runners in their late thirties and early forties? "She's got phenomenal natural endurance ability," says ten-year ultra vet Scott McCoubrey, 40, "and an extremely high tolerance level for pain and suffering." —Michael Roberts