FKT: Jonathan Ibach - The Big Creek Rim - 2022-08-07

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6h 10m 26s
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Adding this report six months after the run, after finding the route posted.  This is a perfect 50k+ route that many should knock out, as it traverses some great highlights of the Smokies.  Hope to see more runs posted!  I maintained a decent pace, but treated this as a training run.  The time could for sure be taken lower!  Here is my quick Strava report from the day:

Long overdue trip to this area, haven’t been in the park in 13 years! Absolutely loved this loop, lots of time at higher elevations. Had a good bit of rain, but luckily no thunder, so I appreciated the cool down. 140 oz with 2,000 calories liquid/solid. Could have easily drank 200 oz, but I had a long patch with no water to filter (miles 12-30). Made a bold decision, and ran in brand new shoes (Saucony XODUS Ultras). Although my ankles were still cranky at times, I absolutely loved the feel and added cushion, made the rocks hurt a lot less today! Had only one bear encounter, not bad for 33 miles