Route: AT Four State Challenge (PA, MD, WV, VA)

Location
Pennsylvania, US
Maryland, US
West Virginia, US
Virginia, US
Distance
45 mi
Vertical Gain
7182 ft
Description

This approx. 42 mile route touches 4 states (PA, MD, WV & VA) while following the Appalachian Trail.  A map is here.

Comments

I Michael Hohl will be attempting the unsupported FKT on 2/15/2019, I will be starting at the Mason Dixon Line about 6:30am. I will be carrying everything I need minus water which I will purify from various springs along the way. My beacon link is https://www.strava.com/beacon/EkhC6nbxWWn if you want to follow.

Hi! On Saturday April 6th, 2019, Shannon Cebron and myself will be attempting to set the female FKT (supported) for the Four State Challenge, on the standard route (southbound) starting at the Mason Dixon line and ending at the WV/VA state line on the AT. There currently is not a female FKT for this route, so we thought we would get it going and encourage other females to go out there and challenge it. Our Strava profiles are below. 

https://www.strava.com/athletes/16827066

https://www.strava.com/athletes/26456310

I, Zach Valentine, will be attempting the FKT for the AT Four State Challenge unsupported on the standard north to south route on 20 April 2019. I will carry all the food required from start to finish and plan to use water purification tablets as necessary along the way. My plan is to be at Pen Marr Park ready to step off at 0530L. I will post an initial trip report to https://www.strava.com/athletes/5960631 and a longer more detailed piece to www.teamvalentineproject.com at a later date.

I completed the challenge yesterday and submitted for a FKT. Weather was brutal hot and ran out of water multiple times. Check out my Strava activity for a detailed trip report, https://www.strava.com/activities/2305864051.

Many thanks to Michael Hohl for answering some of my logistical questions. 

Zach Valentine gets honorable mention for his run, but not the unsupported FKT.  Zach missed a short section of the AT through Harper's Ferry, as can be seen on his Strava track.  The error shortened the course by probably only a 200m or so, and he avoided a 150' climb & descent.  Nevertheless, especially on a highly established route like the AT, it is important that runners know and follow the exact, official course.  Route knowledge is part of doing an FKT.  Zach was gracious in accepting this conclusion, when presented with his error.  We expect, however, that the next FKT aspirant will want to beat his time of 10h42m51s.  More detail & photos from Zach's run on his Strava.

I will be attempting the supported FKT on Tuesday May 14th around 6AM

Hello FKT World! Tomorrow, 5.28.2019, myself and Troy ‘Tortuga’ Allen will be attempting to set a new unsupported FKT for the AT Four State Challenge. We plan to leave the Mason Dixon Line at about 6:00am heading south. Thanks to Michael Hohl for setting such a great time to push against. You can follow our public SPOT Tracker pages by following the links below, and we’ll be using Strava to record the data as well. ?

SPOT Links:

Witt ‘el matador’ Wisebram - https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=042qDL398hfcD3mjOUTLjCxrDtTTHb2ka

Troy ‘Tortuga’ Allen - 

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0r7ozgKejTaLZqJsDExKPTnbJSdSdnCl3

I, Erin Kelman, will be attempting the unsupported FKT on Sunday August 4th around 7 am.  I'll carry food and will be using a Katadyn BeFree filter water bottle to refill water as needed.  

My Strava profile is:
https://www.strava.com/athletes/3146980
 

I, Patrick Aragon will be attempting the unsupported FKT tomorrow, 8/31/19, starting at 6:45am. 

I, Ivey Smith, will be attempting to set the women's unsupported FKT tomorrow, September 30, 2019 around 7am. I will be carrying aqua tabs for water purification and any/all food I will need for the day. 

https://www.strava.com/athletes/46869858

 

I will attempt the unsupported FKT tomorrow, Saturday the 11th of Oct 2019. I'll drive down to Pen Mar and start around 8am, and will carry everything I need (aside from water, which I will stop and filter). I will be running alone from start to finish. 

-Brian okum

https://www.strava.com/athletes/29251331

Rolled my ankle a few miles in, and then walked out. It happens I guess. 

I, Louise Valentine, will be attempting the Unsupported Mixed Gender Team FKT for the AT Four State Challenge on the standard north to south route on 19 October 2019. I will be joined by my husband, but we will individually carry all the food required from start to finish and plan to use water purification tablets as necessary along the way.  My Strava account is https://www.strava.com/athletes/7947349 and my personal blog is  www.teamvalentineproject.com.

Took a hard fall at mile 14.5 and decided to call it at mile 20 due to knee inflammation.  Ya win some, ya lose some!  A beautiful course though!

Hypothetically, would a runner who crossing the Potomac along the railroad bridge and not the destroyed pedestrian bridge but adhered to all other elements of the traditional route, be awarded an official FKT? Or is this one on ice until they put the pedestrian bridge back in order?

Interesting question. As you know, the White Blaze folks are extremely particular about following the exact route. But if the exact route does not exist, a very minor variation that is at least as long with at least as much elevation gain should be fine. We prefer to defer to local traditions and accepted practices, so you might want to post the same question on whiteblaze.net forum.  

Hey Adrian, if you are talking about using the tracks right beside the pedestrian bridge, it's essentially the same route as the pedestrian walkway was built over the second set of tracks that used to exist on the same platform. However that area is roped off to pedestrians and is a dangerous choice. I wouldn't recommend it.

Hey Everyone, I am thinking of trying for the supported FKT on this tomorrow-March 21, 2020.  Will let you know how it goes.

 

Thank you so much and cheers,
Mike

 

I, Jay Cougnet, will be making a supported attempt of this FKT route on June 20, 2020.  It appears the normal route to Harpers Ferry over the Potomac River has a detour due to the damaged pedestrian bridge.  It will be slightly longer than the normal route, will my attempt still be considered for validation?  
 

My Strava Profile is:

https://www.strava.com/athletes/20495937

 

My personal Blogg where I will post my post activity report is:

https://dailytriathlondiscipline.blogspot.com/
 

 

I, Carl Von Lewin, completed the FKT route for the AT Four State Challenge, supported, on the standard north to south route starting at 4:43 AM on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The Harper's Ferry bridge was open. While I started the challenge in PenMar, I ended my run in Key's Gap rather than the WV/VA border sign at the top of Loudoun Heights. However, according to Strava and geographical data, the challenge was completed at mile 43, in 8:49:08. https://www.strava.com/activities/3874517142/overview Thank you.

I completed the 4 state challenge yesterday! I attempted it in 2017 with some people but I bailed at Gathland 30 miles in on the Southbound trail. It was a goal of mine to come back to it and finish it. I started at the Mason Dixon line at 0610 in the morning and finished at the VA/WV line at 1821.

I was unsupported and carried far too many foods with peanut butter (clif bars and tortilla rolls), beef jerky, sports beans, and 2L of water.

Strava post is here:

https://www.strava.com/activities/3918772099

I’m giving the unsupported run a go tomorrow. I’ll be parking in Harper’s Ferry and biking to the start so I don’t think I have a great shot at the record but wanted to inform the board just in case I surprise myself with a really good day. Matt has set a really good time!