Krissy Moehl

The Quicksilver trail running race is a 33-year old classic event in the world of Ultras. Starting out as a 50-mile race that later expanded to the 100K distance to coincide with the Western States qualifying standard.

Having taken a hiatus from racing to focus her efforts on her new book, Running Your First Ultra and directing the Chuckanut 50, Moehl’s last races were in May of 2015, the 50-mile World Trail Championships and the Ultra Tour Du Mont Rosa. Uncertain of how her body would hold up on the 13,000 plus feet of elevation gain and whether she would still enjoy pushing that hard, Moehl focused on “Awareness around how I felt, staying present, fueling and running aid station to aid station to keep me going”.

The brisk overcast 4:30 AM start was eased by the picturesque venue of Almaden Quicksilver Park, San Jose. The runners traversed over single track & fire roads accompanied by sweeping views of the surrounding undulating hills, Santa Cruz Mountains and the Santa Clara Valley, as the course weaved through mine shafts and saw the racers going through an old tunnel.

As the race hours rolled on the competition for Moehl was with herself, as her longest training run this season was 35 miles (7hours), so when she hit the 8-hour mark around 42 miles she recounted

“I felt myself have to make a decision: suffer or push. I know some of my friends call this beast mode – when you decide to push.”

Switching to beast mode she pushed to the finish line in 11 hours and 2 minutes, far surpassing her longest training run of the season and commented on being thankful to have a pacer help her get through the last 13 miles “though the miles were wearing we had fun”. Moehl decisively won the women’s field, 42 minutes in front of 2nd place Roxana Pana and 71 minutes in front of Monica Imana, and also managed to  finish 8th overall. More about how to fuel for multiday races.

“It was fun to come out to run this classic event and a win felt like a special bonus to the weekend.”

Quicksilver 100KKrissy Moehl Quicksilver 100k 2016
San Jose, CA
May 14, 2016

1) Krissy Moehl 11:02
2) Roxana Pana  11:44
3) Monica Imana  12:13