This it it! 49 people were Nominated from around the world, 51 experienced athletes voted (also worldwide), we've announced who the voters selected as the #5 and #4, and the #3 and #2 awardees, and now for the #1 winners. Definitely click on the links - you want to listen to their surprise when we tell them, and read their stories in their own words.
Listen to Nika and John on the podcast.
This is last weeks #3 and #2 awards; this is the #5 and #4 awards.
#1 Female: Nika Meyers
FKT: Colorado Trail (CO)
Time: 9d 14h 19m 00s
Notes: 22 hours faster than a FKT set last year; Self-supported within 4 hours of Supported time
Voter Comments: "The Colorado Trail has shut down some great ultra-runners in recent years, amazing to see Nika move the self-supported mark within 4 hours of the supported record!!!"
"Nika Meyers threw down on the Long Trail last year, but the Colorado Trail showcased a next level approach to the trail. To finish in the time she did so close to various supported FKTs underscores just how special this run was."
"I know nothing about Nika, and thru-hikes generally don't get me very excited, but the CT is ultra-classic and she did it self-supported. That is HUGE on something as long as the CT."
"Over the past few years, the Colorado Trail has become a fascinating and competitive proving ground for FKTing of different kinds, and it seems contestants either nail their efforts or fully gas themselves. Nika Meyers's effort obviously was the latter."
Athlete Comments: "If you have a dream, go for it, because there will never be a perfect time. Be proud that you're going to take the risk."
#1 Male: John Kelly
FKT: Pennine Way (UK)
Time: 2d 10h 04m 53s
Notes: First to go sub 60 hours on the UK's most competitive and famous long trail.
Voter Comments: "Pennine Way for the historic record and the back and forth with Hall."
"What John Kelly did on this route is remarkable given the distance, and a beautiful display of his focus and tenacity."
"Humble, focused, genuine - small team of truly dedicated folks and more than 90 km per day in vast mountain range."
"John pushed himself into dark places in order to set the time; he has a unique ability to withstand extreme discomfort to achieve his goals."
Athlete Comments: "These trails have a huge history. And the level of support has been incredible; I love the community here. This is a team effort."
We always include this category at the end. This year I noticed our 6 staff people seemed to vote different than the majority, which was interesting, so I added up the staff vote.
The staff voted for some of the same Top Five, but here is what the staff voted for that did not make the podium. These are not ranked; below is in alphabetical order - - -
Lucy Bartholomew - - - Larapinta Trail (NT, Australia)
Ragna Debats - - - Ruta 0-4-0, Pico de Teide (Canary Islands, Spain)
Kelly Halpin - - - Gannett Pk (WY)
Tyler Andrews - - - Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
Andrew Hamilton - - - Highest Hundred (CO)
Jack Kuenzle - - - Presidential Traverse (NH)
Sean O'Rourke - - - Wyoming Thirteeners (WY)
Petter Restorp - - - Chamonix-Zermatt (France, Switzerland)
THANK YOU for your participation! This was very inspiring. Who or what at do you think will we be reviewing for FKTOY 2022? Do YOU have any big plans?