FKT: Karel Sabbe - Appalachian Trail - 2018-08-28

Athlete
Gender
Male
Route Variation
Northbound
Style
Supported
Start Date (Optional)
Finish Date
Time
41d 7h 39m
Notes

Karel finished the AT more than 4 days under the previous FKT (Joe McConaughy's self-supported 2017 effort).  His final push was 95 miles in 26h45m to the summit of Katahdin.  Joe retains the self-supported FKT.

We followed Karel's FKT here:  https://fastestknowntime.com/karel

Karel's Strava with daily tracks:  https://www.strava.com/athletes/13185267

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/karelsabbeultrarunning/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/karelsabbe/?hl=en

The trip was followed on the WhiteBlaze forum, with lots of good perspective from AT experts.

"Fer being Belgian Karel is running like a Swiss watch." -- Bill Townsend (on WhiteBlaze)

Here's the Instagram post from the last day:

In the year 60 B.C., Julius Caesar wrote: "Of all Gauls, the Belgians are the bravest." Over 2000 years later there is still some truth in that sentence. We have set a new speed record on the epic Appalachian Trail !! The Fastest Known Time is now 41 days 7 hours 39 minutes, which is over 4 days faster than the previous record, held by an incredibly strong and unsupported @thestring.bean.

I want to thank my dear friend @jorenbiebuyck from the bottom of my heart as without his incredible crewing and support I would never have made the PCT as well as the AT speed records. 
Fun facts: nobody has ever held Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail speed records at the same time. Nobody had averaged more than 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail. More than proud, I feel privileged for having lived these incredible adventures. It was a blast from start to finish ! Thanks @skinssportwear for making this possible, without you there would have been no new FKT. Thank you everybody for the support! 

Table showing Karel's daily distances & comparison to Joe McConaughy.

Day Karel total miles Karel daily miles Joe total miles Joe daily miles Karel ahead Karel’s ending location Karel date
1 52.3 52.3 43.2 43.2 9.1 Unicoi Gap 07/18/18
2 105.4 53.1 86.3 43.1 19.1 Rock Gap 07/19/18
3 157.9 52.5 137.3 51.0 20.6 Yellow Creek Gap 07/20/18
4 210.4 52.5 183.2 45.9 27.2 Icewater Spr Shelter 07/21/18
5 260.1 49.7 229.9 46.7 30.2 Lemon Gap 07/22/18
6 310.8 50.7 273.3 43.4 37.5 Devil Fork Gap / NC212 07/23/18
7 364.0 53.2 325.3 52.0 38.7 NC226 / Iron Mtn Gap 07/24/18
8 419.5 55.5 376.8 51.5 42.7 Dennis Cove Rd/USFS Rd 50 07/25/18
9 471.1 51.6 428.3 51.5 42.7 Damascus, US58 07/26/18
10 524.7 53.6 478.3 50.0 46.4 Slab Town Road 07/27/18
11 584.3 59.6 532.2 53.9 52.1 VA615 Suiter Rd 07/28/18
12 635.9 51.6 578.6 46.4 57.3 Pearlsburg 07/29/18
13 687.5 51.6 635.9 57.3 51.6 VA621 Craig Creek Valley 07/30/18
14 742.3 54.8 686.4 50.5 55.9 BRP Mile 97.7 (first intersect) 07/31/18
15 796.4 54.1 727.5 41.1 68.9 BRP Mile 51.7 (nr Punchbowl) 08/01/18
16 847.7 51.3 772.9 45.4 74.8 BRP, Dripping Rock (6mi past Maupin Field) 08/02/18
17 903.4 55.7 820.1 47.2 83.3 Smith Roach Gap Mile 68.6 08/03/18
18 955.9 52.5 869.0 48.9 86.9 Skyline Dr, 1mi before Gravel Spr turn-off 08/04/18
19 1,004.4 48.5 923.5 54.5 80.9 VA-7 08/05/18
20 1,058.3 53.9 975.4 51.9 82.9 2mi before Raven Rock Shelter 08/06/18
21 1,113.4 55.1 1,019.0 43.6 94.4 PA-94 Mount Holly Springs 08/07/18
22 1,165.5 52.1 1,077.5 58.5 88.0 PA-325 08/08/18
23 1,218.0 52.5 1,131.3 53.8 86.7 Port Clinton, PA 08/09/18
24 1,271.1 53.1 1,171.0 39.7 100.1 Forest Rd 3mi before Leroy Smith Shelter 08/10/18
25 1,322.6 51.5 1,222.9 51.9 99.7 US206, Culvers Gap, NJ 08/11/18
26 1,376.1 53.5 1,272.9 50.0 103.2 Dutch Hollow Rd, NY 08/12/18
27 1,429.6 53.5 1,325.0 52.1 104.6 RPH Shelter, NY 08/13/18
28 1,483.8 54.2 1,375.2 50.2 108.6 West Cornwall Rd, CT 08/14/18
29 1,538.7 54.9 1,427.1 51.9 111.6 Jerusalem Rd, MA 08/15/18
30 1,593.3 54.6 1,480.4 53.3 112.9 MA-2, North Adams 08/16/18
31 1,646.0 52.7 1,540.6 60.2 105.4 William B Douglas Shelter, VT 08/17/18
32 1,701.9 55.9 1,589.2 48.6 112.7 US-4, Killington, VT 08/18/18
33 1,754.6 52.7 1,640.0 50.8 114.6 Hanover Ctr Rd, Etna, NH 08/19/18
34 1,801.0 46.4 1,690.2 50.2 110.8 NH-112, Lincoln, NH 08/20/18
35 1,851.9 50.9 1,745.5 55.3 106.4 Mizpah Spring Hut, NH 08/21/18
36 1,892.6 40.7 1,790.4 44.9 102.2 US-2, Gorham, NH 08/22/18
37 1,943.0 50.4 1,818.3 27.9 124.7 Surplus Pond, ME 08/23/18
38 1,987.2 44.2 1,843.8 25.5 143.4 Railroad Rd, ME 08/24/18
39 2,039.7 52.5 1,875.6 31.8 164.1 US-201, Caratunk, ME 08/25/18
40 2,091.5 51.8 1,915.6 40.0 175.9 Long Pond Stream Lean-to, ME 08/26/18
41 2,174.0   1,956.2 40.6   Golden Rd at 7:30am on 8/28 08/27/18
42 2,189.1   1,993.6 37.4   Katahdin about 12:11pm on 8/28 08/28/18
43     2,037.9 44.3      
44     2,077.6 39.7      
45     2,136.0 58.4      
46     2,189.1 53.1