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93 miles around Mount Rainier in 29 hours? These women set a new speed record

Allison Macsas and Mallory Brooks stuck together while running the 93-mile Wonderland Trail that circles Mount Rainier, finishing their trek in just over 29 hours and setting a new unsupported speed record for women.
Allison Macsas and Mallory Brooks stuck together while running the 93-mile Wonderland Trail that circles Mount Rainier, finishing their trek in just over 29 hours and setting a new unsupported speed record for women. Courtesy

The women wanted the record, but only if it was shared.

Allison Macsas and Mallory Brooks stuck together while running the 93-mile Wonderland Trail that circles Mount Rainier, finishing their trek in just over 29 hours and setting what could be a new unsupported speed record for women.

The previous record was held by Candice Burt since 2012 when she finished in 31 hours, 11 minutes and 56 seconds. That’s roughly a 20-minute pace.

“We both want to do this, but it’s not life or death,” Macsas told the Austin American-Statesman. “If someone gets hurt, we’re definitely sticking together.”

A team tracked Macsas and Brooks via GPS when they started out Monday morning, according to Competitor.com.

The Wonderland Trail is usually down as a multiday backpack that gains and loses more than 22,000 feet of elevation.

Both women are from Austin, Texas.

Macsas, 32, co-owns Rogue Expeditions and has raced the marathon at the Olympic trials, won this year’s Austin Marathon and has twice ran the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim.

Brooks, 33, co-owns Spectrum Trail Racing.

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