Mountain Ultra Trail Runner
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Personal Blog: thwisp.wordpress.com
Strava: Wisp Kelley
Favorite shoe: The Superior 2.0
Currently I would call myself a mountain ultra trail runner, who still loves to keep up her speed on the roads, and by doing stadium work-outs.
I have been running all my life, in one way or another. I had so much energy my parents insisted I had to be involved with a sport all year ’round. At the age of six they started me in every sport they could sign me up for, and I stuck with two things; soccer and track…because I could run, and run myself silly!
I ran my first road race with my dad at age 11, it was a fourth of July race, and I came in second in the 16 and under age group. From then on I was always running, or training for soccer by running.
I opted not to run track in college and took a year off from activity all together, but soon I realized I missed running and started putting together training programs just for fun.
My husband started getting into half marathons soon after college, so I joined him for several races on the road, but never quite felt at home.
During this time I ran several half marathons, with a pr of 1:26 before running anything longer. On a dare I ran the Philly Marathon in 2006, with a time of 3:00:53, but I just didn’t love road racing and went back to just running for fun.
Fast forward to 2009, we moved to Chapel Hill, NC and through a friend and neighbor I found myself getting into trail and ultra racing, and now I am addicted! I love the community vibe of MUT/ultra running! There is nothing like being inspired and inspiring others to get out and enjoy nature!
My first introduction to the ultra community was at the Uwharrie 40 miler. I just had to immediately jump into a 40 mile race for my very first trail race. I surprised myself and others by coming in as the second place women. Since then some of my notable finishes include Bull Run Run 2013, 1st place female, Pinhoti 100 2013, 5th place female, Uwharrie 20 mile mountain run 2013, 2nd place female, and Mount Mitchell 40 mile Challenge; 3rd place female and 5th female at Grindstone 100 in 2014.
My happy place is in my Altra Lone Peak’s or my Superior 2.0s exploring all the trails NC and VA have to offer, and inspiring others to do so as well!
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2015 Schedule (where you’ll see Rachel):
March 14 Thomas Jefferson 100k Charlottsville VA
March 28 Crewing/Pacing Umstead 100 mile Raleigh NC
May 16 Cruel Jewel 50 Georgia
June 7 (Pacing/Crewing) Old Dominion VA
Aug 15 (Crewing) Death before DNF 100 mile Crew, Black Mountain NC
Sept 18 Run Rabbit Run (tentatively)
November Mt Masochist 50 (tentatively-isn’t open yet)
December Hellgate (tentatively-isn’t open yet)
10 mile 69 min
1/2 marathon 1:26
marathon 3 hours
40 mile (Uwharrie Mountain Run)7:34 2nd female
20 mile (Uwharrie Mountain Run) 3:24 2nd female
50 mile (Bull Run Run) 8:14 1st female
100 mile (Pinhoti 100) 22:59:07 5th female