Scott Jurek, ultramarathoner, puts another jewel in the crown!
Along the way he got a lot of inspiration from previous record holders and long distance phenoms.
He has so many accomplishments – winning Western States at age 25 for instance – but remains amazingly excited about this feat. 46 days. Running every day and running a lot. Wow!
Here it is:
The ultramarathoner completed the supported trek in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes.
At 2:03 p.m. ET on Sunday, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek crested the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine, becoming the fastest person to finish a supported thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. He completed the 2,189-mile journey in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes, breaking the previous record by just more than three hours.
Jurek started the attempt at the trail’s southern terminus, Springer Mountain in Georgia, on May 27 at 5:56 a.m. He averaged nearly 50 miles a day, crossing 14 states, and traversing 515,000 feet of elevation change.
The Appalachian Trail record caps one of the most decorated ultramarathoning careers in history. Jurek’s resume includes wins in nearly every prestigious ultra race in the country. Among them: seven consecutive Western States Endurance Runs, two Badwater Ultramarathons, the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance run, and a runner-up finish in the Leadville Trail 100.
Jurek also played a main role in Christopher McDougall’s bestseller Born to Run, along with publishing his own book about being a vegan endurance athlete, Eat and Run.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy recommends people take five to seven months to attempt a thru-hike. Completing 46 consecutive ultramarathons, Jurek finished the trail in a fraction of that time.
With mere hours to spare, Jurek summited Mount Katahdin accompanied by his wife, Jenny, who crewed him the entire trip. By reaching the sign at the peak, he claimed the four-year-old record, set by hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011.
And Jurek’s record may not last long. His friend ultramarathoner Karl Meltzer is already planning his own record attempt next summer. To strategize for the trip, Meltzer crewed Jurek for more than a week in June.
Thanks to Kit Fox. Read more here: http://www.runnersworld.com/trail-racing/scott-jurek-breaks-appalachian-trail-thru-hike-record
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