FKT: Christof Teuscher - Oregon Desert Trail (OR) - 2016-07-29

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17d 15h 0m 0s

The 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail (ODT) is the brainchild of the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA). Because of its novelty and uniqueness, it was featured in both a National Geographic ("World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails") and CNN article ("10 of the world's most amazing long-distance trails"). Compared to other long-distance trails, the 750-mile ODT is very challenging for a thru-hiker/runner, both physically and logistically. There are few reliable water sources, the trail is extremely remote, 267 miles (36%) are cross-country, and the environment is very unforgiving.

In 2016, I managed to set a speed record (Fastest Known Time) on the ODT in 17 days and 15 hours. The Restlessly Relentless movie series is an attempt to document the 2-year project from its germination to its termination.

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