FKT: Matthew Matta - Powwow Trail (MN) - 2020-11-07

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7h 33m 34s

On November 7, 2020 I attempted a solo unsupported FKT of the Powwow Trail. I started at 8:38 am. This gave me added motivation as I would need to get the FKT in order to finish before sunset. I chose to go counterclockwise. I thought that this would put the more technical sections with scrambling and downed trees earlier in the run so I would encounter them with fresher legs. In the end in might be a tossup. 

I tried to keep a fairly quick pace through the first 10k (just over an hour) which is probably the most runnable section of the route. Around mile 6 or 7 the trail starts to get rocky, and soon after that the downed trees start. The middle 10 or 12 miles are full of rocks with some scrambling and a lot of downed trees. There are few places in this section where you can run more than a couple hundred yards. 

I was looking forward to the last 10 miles, which I understood to be more runnable. It was better, but there are still countless trees and a few wet areas than make it difficult to keep a steady pace. 

I reached the trailhead at 4:11 pm. I had consumed about 1400 calories and 2 1/2 liters of water altogether. I started with 1 liter and filtered water 3 times along the way. There are countless opportunities to filter water on the route. The lakes were starting to freeze over. There was a little snow on the trail but not enough to be much of an issue. I had trouble following the trail in a few places but overall it was fairly well marked with flagging on trees at key spots. Thanks to Alexander Falconer for submitting this route and for setting a time to shoot for.