Jenny Tough is a writer and adventurer and an enthusiast for all things endurance challenges, particularly in the mountains. Whether it be a race or a solo adventure, her desire to push her limits has led her to numerous corners of the world. In 2021, she completed a global challenge to run, solo and unsupported, across a mountain range on every continent, including three world-first traverses. She’s also competed in long-distance bikepacking races, including becoming the two-time first woman in the Silk Road Mountain Race and first woman in the inaugural Atlas Mountain Race – considered two of the toughest off-road bike races.
Outside of her personal pursuits, she is on a mission to get more people outside and challenging their own comfort zones, particularly women and girls, which she has championed by launching a book called Tough Women: Adventure Stories.
In 2016, Jenny Tough set out to run solo and unsupported across the Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan, a journey of nearly 1,000km. Her successful completion marked a world-first expedition and sparked a project to run solo and unsupported across a mountain range on every continent. In the Fall of 2021 in the Transylvanian Alps, Jenny completed her project, which included three world-first traverses and over 4,000km of mountain running. The VIMFF will be the first live audience to hear about her project since its final segment.