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Hello, on Saturday, February 15th I plan to attempt a Self Supported run of the North/South Trail (KY/TN). Starting at the North Welcome Center and heading South. I want to start a little before sunrise to hopefully finish by sunset.
Did you attempt this?
I have run the south portion a few times about half way up to the north. Thinking about attempting a self-supported or unsupported attempt at FKT in late September/ early October. I don’t see any attempts or time established for either self supported or unsupported. The supported time set by Peter is a solid one no doubt.
Howdy, I'm planning an unsupported or self-supported men's FKT attempt on December 29. I had a great Zoom chat with Danna and Shelly to get some pro tips, and I'll be scoping out the (alleged) springs over the next few weeks to see if there's enough water flow for a truly unsupported attempt. The actual attempt date may fluctuate slightly based on weather, but I'm hoping for Dec 29.
Good luck! Look forward to hearing your report. At some point I will be attempting this FKT. I’ve ran most of the route now it’s just timing of what day to attempt.
Thanks! Unfortunately, during my long run/scouting mission last weekend I developed some foot pain that hasn't gone away with a week off. Pretty sure I'm dealing with a stress fracture, so I think the attempt is a no-go. After a long build for this, it's a bit of a bummer to have an injury right before tapering and to not be able to follow through the attempt, but hopefully I can come back at some point to give this a shot!
I have a question about this trail. FKT lists the length as 59ish miles, while All Trails lists the length as 55ish miles. Both seem to start/end at the same place. Where's the difference made up?
Go with the 59ish miles. Peter Hubbard set supported FKT---see link above with a GPS recorded distance of 59.46. Danna and Shelly recorded 61 miles via Strava GPS you can see that under their FKT as well above (they did go off course a bit, but it wasn't a large amount) I have done the entire route in separate sections several times. At some point I will put all together and make attempt. When I piece them together I always come up near 60 miles.
This is last minute but I'm going to attempt an unsupported FKT for the north/south trail this weekend. 10-23-21. I plan on actually hiking the trail and even sleeping a few hours so it should be an easy one to beat for you runners out there. I'll have my Spot GPS on during the hike and I'm traveling south to north.