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
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|