Her story: After a brief foray into college volleyball, Jhung turned to triathlon, running, and adventure races, traipsing through the wilderness around the world by foot, bike, kayak, ropes, sometimes horse, and once a camel. As an editor and freelance writer, she’s worked at Trail Runner Magazine, co-founded Adventure Sports Magazine, written for Backpacker, Outside, Runner’s World and other magazines. She’s also written two running books, Trailhead and Running That Doesn’t Suck. Jhung is based in Boulder, Colorado, where she loves running in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.
Personal heroes: “I’ve been lucky to write about so many amazing, trailblazing women. I’m especially inspired by Betty Ried Soskin, the 100-year-old National Park Ranger who’s fought for equality for decades, and Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first women’s Olympic Marathon gold medalist.”
Women’s History Month: Jhung is sitting down with Gina Lucrezi, who founded Trail Sisters in 2016 as an online journal to provide a platform for women’s voices within the sport of trail running. The accomplished ultra-distance runner hit a nerve and the organization has rapidly expanded its slate of tools—from merchandise to workshops, events, and even an outdoor grant program—becoming a resource hub for women’s empowerment on the trail.