We are proud of one of Recreation Northwest’s Board of Directors out there making it happen- In China!!
Congratulations to Krissy for her recent FIRST Place win in Tengchong, China at the Mt. Gaoligong Ultra.
Krissy was 1st among all women by more than two hours and 10th overall in 27:19:38. Runners trekked through more than 34,000 feet of elevation gain through the remote Gaoligong Mountain range in China near the Burma border.
Gaoligong by UTMB – Tengchong, China
Trail and ultrarunning is quickly gaining popularity in China. The Gaoligong Mountains are in western China and straddle the border with Myanmar. First held in 2016, Gaoligong has three race distances, and is organized locally by the Xingzhi Exploring Group as an official licensee of UTMB in Asia.
The longest of the event’s races runs 160k (100 miles), jams 8,381 meters (27,500 feet) of elevation gain into a single-loop course that never dips below 1,520 meters (5,000 feet) above sea level, and is called Mt. Gaoligong Ultra (MGU).
Krissy Moehl (USA) earned the women’s win following a 27:19 run on the challenging 100-mile course. Kaori Niwa (Japan) and Hai-Yan Gu (China) followed in 29:26 and 31:21, respectively.
Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.