Marcy Beard posted the idea:
Hello! I'm planning a long run starting tonight from the Alamo in San Antonio to the Capitol building in Austin. It will be self-supported, using stores/restaurants along the way. My route will for the most part follow I-35 or parallel to it. Remains to be seen just how challenging it will be to run along the access road.
I would think anyone in future would be free to set their own route, as long as it starts at the front of the Alamo and finishes on the Capitol steps. Here's the route I'm planning to try, at about 78 miles:
Ride with GPS
I have a Spot tracker (on loan) with the following tracker link:
This is my first significant adventure "on the road" so we'll see how it goes!
Update on 4/11: The train from Austin to San Antonio isn't running tonight (likely due to flooding in San Marcos), so instead of waiting into the night for a bus to the start I'm bumping this to tomorrow, same place, same time. Probably best to wait a day for any high water to drop anyway.
Update on 4/12: I'm taking the Megabus to San Antonio instead of the train (not sure if the tracks are fixed yet from the flooding), planning to start trekking by 5 pm today from Alamo. Spot tracking should be live at that point.
Congratulations! Especially on going unsupported. Well done.
Thank you for the inspiring route! I was born in Austin and raised in San Antonio. I considered it a necessary pilgrimage and set off on Christmas night as a present to myself. haha I love the unsupported discipline and having access to water at the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers was critical for the run. (Get water on the East side of the bridge at the Blanco, the security at the mixing company questioned me and said I was trespassing when I went down on the West side near the park)
Tomorrow night I plan on attempting this FKT in a self-supported fashion. My family will be dropping me off at the Alamo tomorrow evening, and I'll be running all night and into Saturday, stopping at a few gas stations along the way. I'll be recording the run with my Coros Apex on Strava. Wish me luck!
I am also attempting this FKT in a supported fashion tonight. I'll be starting at 6 pm at the Alamo and will have my family supporting me along the way. Goal is to finish before 9 am!
I'll be recording on Strava and be providing frequent updates on my instagram @mfferro
How'd it go?
Good luck, Matthew! I actually switched my FKT attempt to the Northeast Texas Trail one, since the trailhead is only 30 mins from my house, and opposed to 4.5 hours like the Alamo is. Good luck tonight! That would have been crazy if we'd ran it at the same time.