FKT: Michael Koppy - Superior Hiking Trail (MN) - 2020-06-03

Athletes
Gender category
Male
Route variation
Standard route
Multi-sport
No
Style
Supported
Start date
Finish date
Total time
5d 3h 44m
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Michael was tracked by in InReach tracker during the run.  We made a few notes:

5/29:  Started ~6:20am.  Ran thru the night, with a ~1hr stop at Caribou Trail marking 24 hours, about 76 miles.

5/31:  Left CR7 (Baptism River, 133 miles) ~9:00am, so that's about 50h40m.

6/01:  At ~72 hr passed Gooseberry Falls SP, about 182 miles.

6/02 at 12:30pm, Martin Rd (~250 miles) in about 4d6h.

6/03:  Michael reached the southern terminus at about 10:18am, for a new supported FKT of ~ 5d4h !

https://www.fox21online.com/2020/06/03/michael-koppy-runs-fastest-know-time-for-superior-hiking-trail/

Note that Michael used the Gitchi-Gami State Trail bridge over the Split Rock River near Highway 61. According to the Superior Trail Hiking Association, that is a part of the official route of the SHT. It is blazed with blue blazes, which indicate the route of the main SHT. This bifurcation/addition to the Trail is due to the lack of a bridge on the upstream end of the Split Rock River loop, which poses a safety hazard to trail users when crossing. In fact, the state park has even asked us to discourage trail users from crossing the river at the old bridge site.