Who is Jenny?
Jenny Anderson, a fulltime high school Spanish teacher, wife and mother of three small children, is a relative newcomer to ultra-running. When she isn’t busy with school and family, she hits the trails hard and has recorded some impressive times including first place finishes at Terrapin Mountain, Rattlesnake 50K, Forget the PR Mohican 50K, and New River 50K. Jenny spreads her love of trails by hosting local trail fun runs for the Lynchburg community and coaching the cross country team at Virginia Episcopal School. In addition to trail running, Jenny has a great love of mountains and has hiked the Inca Trail through the Andes Mountains and several notable peaks nationally and internationally.
In June 2009, she expanded her horizons by completing a “long trail.” With two other women (Anne Lunblad and Rebekah Trittipoe), she took on the challenge of the SB6K (South Beyond 6,000) where they recorded the fastest women’s time ever. The task required Jenny to summit 40 specific peaks in North Carolina that rise above 6,000 feet. This challenge entailed averaging over 40 miles a day on some unforgiving terrain in order to summit the necessary mountains. In fact, 1/3 of the peaks involved bushwhacking and navigating to reach the summit. On June 16th, 2009, Jenny and her two companions completed this speed hike of 275 miles in six days.
In the near future, she plans to attempt a World Speed Record on Spain’s Camino de Santiago trail. Additionally, Jenny has several other goals in sight which include mountain climbing, ultra-running, and speed hiking.