Kristina Folcik-Welts

Age: 37, Years running: 10, Hometown: New Hampshire, Favorite product: BUSHIDO WOMEN'S


What are some of your lifetime running goals?

To always run with a smile and to find the most incredible mountain adventures possible!

Do you have a claim to fame?

Smiling when I run!

Do you have any vices?

Chocolate, sugar...mmmmmm

What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?

I love running in the mountains! My mountain climbing background has really helped me realize that I am not meant for the pavement and my heart will always be on the rugged and relentless trails the mountains have to offer! I also work full time as a dental hygienist and give people beautiful healthy smiles! I have the best boss in the whole world!

What drives you to run?

My heart drives me to run. I love being in the woods and in the mountains. Being able to move quickly in the mountains allows me to see so many incredible things that nature has to offer! It is the one place that I find peace. Also, my cute little wire fox terrier keeps me up all night if I don't take him running with me! He can run up to 30 miles in the mountains, ultrapooch!

What is your favorite movie?

The lego movie!

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Dangergirl, I always hurt myself somehow!

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

A couple of days because I couldn't turn my mind off.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Alaska, wild, rugged, remote and mysterious. All things I would love to be!

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

leftover dinner!

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

music and pictures! They go together!

What really scares you about trail running?

I think all the wild animals want to eat me and creepy weirdos want to attack me. I am terrified of the dark too. Yup, paranoid and weird, that's me! :)

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

How to live a thousand lives with a smile. I have lived so many lives! I used to be sedentary and eat donuts, then was a professional mountain bike racer (downhill of course!), did dirt bike enduros and crashed a lot but had fun, climbed rocks, ice and mountains including Denali, I did iron man competition and some triathlons for fun, did some white water kayaking and almost drowned, and now I run in the mountains! I like to do it all!

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

New Hampshire, I absolutely love this state!

What’s your worst encounter on the trail?

A pervert with his pants down who started chasing me when I was training to climb Denali and a coyote who chased me and a friend on a trail run in broad daylight! Luckily I was in better shape than the perv and a friends dog came out of nowhere to chase the coyote!