Ryan Welts, Jack Puppy & Kristina Folcik
apres the 2013 US National Mountain Running Championship Cranmore Hill Climb
The Mountain Runner Portrait Project is alive and kicking and today I give you MRPP #16 featuring Ryan Welts and Kristina Folcik! And I shouldn't forget Jack Puppy.... he's a mountain runner too. New ground is being broken once again with this project. This is our first family portrait and it's also the first appearance of a dog in the series (or any pet for that matter). Exciting stuff!
I've photographed Ryan and Kristina many, many times. But, they are always racing and cruising right on by me... be that running or snowshoeing. It was fun to get them to sit down and make a portrait.
Like all the people featured in the MRPP, they are inspiring and very nice folks. Ryan and Kristina are also hardcore. From following their Facebook feed, I can tell you that this weekend was like most... a race or a backcountry ramble with high mileage or both. Here's a snippet from Kristina's page today, "Less than 4 hours of sleep, got out of the woods from our super fun 32 mile white mountain adventure at 11pm, got home after 1am and now we are off to run a 5k portion of the marshmallow man triathlon."
If you follow my work, I'm sure you've seen more than one image of Kristina with her trademark smile. No matter what sort of suffering the race is inflicting on her, she will show you a smile. Kristina was the 2013 Granite State Women's Snowshoe Champ, winning a race that Ryan Race Directed. Ryan had a great result earlier in the Summer when he placed second in the Manitou's Revenge 56 mile ultramarathon in upstate NY. Both are actively involved in the Acidotic Racing Team and they co-Race Directed the Bear Brook Trail Marathon a couple of weeks ago. Kristina runs for LaSportiva and Ryan recently began wearing the colors of team Pearl Izumi.
One last thing... and this is another MRPP first... in just one week, these two will be getting married. So, join me in a wishing them best of luck together and a truly happy wedding day! They'll be running in races on their honeymoon.
You can read more about this couple's feats on the trails and in the mountains on their blogs... Ramblings of a Rockhopper and Dangergirl... An ordinary girl living a not so ordinary life .
You can see all the Mountain Runner Portraits on my website at www.joeviger.com in the projects gallery or on Joe Blog by searching for the label Mountain Runner Portrait Project.