Anna Frost runs with a vengeance
In a typical road marathon, the men’s winner crosses the finish line and ...
Photo by David Clifford
In a typical road marathon, the men’s winner crosses the finish line and, 20 to 30 minutes later, the women’s winner finishes. In a race twice the distance, you would reasonably expect the gap to double. Anna Frost, 30, of Dunedin, New Zealand, apparently didn’t get that memo before The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Championship (TNF 50). Finishing 36 minutes behind the men’s winner, Mike Wolfe, Frost set a course record and became the first woman to run the 51.2-mile course (with a net gain of 10,000 feet) in under seven hours—a time barrier that less than 10 men had broken before this year.
Following the race, I spoke with Frost, who was staying in a rented house alongside the course, overlooking the San Francisco Bay area. She sat with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s on the table in front of her, spooning portions into a bowl before eating them. Eventually, she bypassed the bowl.