The crew and pacers assembled in South Lake Tahoe before the attempt to talk logistics. Photo Johnie Gall.
Anyone who has met Magda knows that she makes friends quickly. And it was her vivacious, unbridled enthusiasm that rallied a team of running buddies, coworkers, competitors, and strangers together for a weekend filled with highs, lows, laughs, and new friendships. Andy Cochrane, a freelancer and filmmaker, is likely responsible for Magda getting to the trail head on Friday morning ready to go for this record. He remembers a run in the summer of 2018 as the first time he and Magda discussed a possible long-trail FTK attempt. Andy, who’s not one to forget a good idea, kept bringing up the FKT attempt until finally a date was set, plans were made, and Magda’s crew was assembled.
The group that arrived in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday was a hodgepodge of bay area runners. All knew Magda, but not everyone knew each other. Over a dinner (low in fiber and high in carbs and protein), Andy walked through the logistics of the weekend, and it was then that the pacers and crew began to internalize the monumental effort that Magda was about to undertake.
Among the pacers and crew were a few GU Crew runners including Tim Tollefson from Mammoth Lakes, YiOu Wang from Marin, Corrine Malcolm from San Francisco, and Kris Brown from Santa Barbara.