Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Record Broken

Scott Jurek is an ultramarathoner who recently finished this trek in just 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes.

On Sunday, at 2:03 p.m., Jurek reached the top of Mount Katahdin in Maine, which made him the fastest person to have ever completed the supported thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. The previous record for this 2,189 mile journey was just 3 hours longer than Jurek’s time.

He began at Springer Mountain in Georgia, the southern terminus of the trail, at 5:56 a.m. on May 27. He traveled just less than 50 miles every day, crossed 14 states, and covered 515,000 feet of changes in elevation.

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Source: runnersworld.com

On his second day, Jurek, 41, told Runner’s World Newswire this would likely be his last competitive endurance challenge before retirement. “This is the summer before my wife and I want to have kids,” he said. “I would say this is going to be my masterpiece.”

Source: runnersworld.com



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