UPDATE: West Seattle teen on 138-mile run this weekend

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2:14 PM: A West Seattle teenager is attempting an endurance feat right now on the Olympic Peninsula. Sent on behalf of Riley Nachtrieb by her family:

West Seattle High School senior and Cross Country co-captain Riley Nachtrieb is running The Olympic Discovery Trail to set the first recorded FKT (Fastest Known Time) on Saturday, August 24th.

The trail is 138.5 miles spanning from Port Townsend to La Push. Riley is aiming to complete it under 45 hrs solo, supported by her family. This is not a race; there is no competition or award for completion. It is just her and her personal motivation as a new ultra-distance runner. Riley said, “I know I sound crazy, but I am very curious and want to understand how far we can actually push ourselves and where the mind goes to during a long duration like this attempt. Comfort is within the state of being uncomfortable.”

She recently completed a 27-mile trail run on the Tiger Mountain loop, with WSHS Cross Country teammates Tao Norsen and Addy Nachtrieb. This is a big step for her; however, she has been running for 4 years, and says, “After 20 miles, the pain is all the same. It just lasts longer. It’s the mental pain I’ve never met before at this distance.”

You can follow her on her Instagram (@rileyknachtrieb) for live updates on her Instagram Story!

She should be about six hours in by now.

6:12 PM: According to an Instagram update a few minutes ago, “Riley has completed over 38 miles of 140 miles” so far and should be in Port Angeles around 9 pm.

1:31 PM SUNDAY: Riley’s dad posted this on her Instagram account about half an hour ago:

I (Dad) pulled Riley from the course at 9:30am today, Sunday. I pulled her at 82 miles completed and drove her to La Push, the final mile to contemplate what a massive accomplishment this experience was for her, and a building block for her ultra career. Riley was complaining about the top of her foot last night, but said it was not a sharp pain and manageable. Today she was in difficulties running and slowing significantly. I looked at her foot and she had a contusion on the top of the foot which is now slightly bruising. Not sure what it is yet, but it’s too much trauma for me to be comfortable with her continuing. She’s not happy about it. She feels great otherwise, and besides the usual ups and downs, she felt mentally and physically strong. I decided not to let her push the injury further without me knowing what was going on. She’s frustrated, but understands. Thanks everyone for supporting her. The comments and messages we read to her, helped immensely!!!! You’ll see her out here again. She will post her own account and thoughts soon.

9 Replies to "UPDATE: West Seattle teen on 138-mile run this weekend"

  • Onion August 24, 2019 (4:44 pm)

    I admire and am rooting for this young woman. Inspirational even to an old (63) guy.

  • Mok4315 August 24, 2019 (5:04 pm)

    Get it girl!!!!

  • Mj August 24, 2019 (5:48 pm)

    5 marathons in 2 days!

  • flimflam August 24, 2019 (6:38 pm)

    wow. that is no joke. just hiked 35 miles last week. i’m older then she is, but it was pretty tough, elevation, etc. kudos to her! great spirit!

  • aCG August 25, 2019 (8:19 am)

    Wow!  Best of luck. WSB, keep up posted!

  • Tiffany Case August 25, 2019 (9:48 am)

    Way to go!  Fun adventure on the way to an accomplishment.-Tiffany

  • Judith Sentz August 25, 2019 (11:04 pm)

    Awesome accomplishment.  Will follow the future endeavor to complete this difficult challenge.. both physical and mental.  Be proud.  Impressive.  

  • Chris August 26, 2019 (10:25 pm)

    Nice job Riley, that’s a huge accomplishment, super impressive.

  • Runnerforlife August 29, 2019 (11:45 pm)

    What dedication at such a young age! Can’t wait to watch her running adventures. Amazing accomplishment!

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