FKT: Will Harlan - S.C.A.R. (TN, NC) - 2011-05-19

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15h 45m 7s

Will Harlan ran the SCAR in 16h53m on June 25, 2009, Matching Bobby Adams' time from a month earlier to the minute. He was supported by a friend during the run. Harlan did his run to bring awareness to "the devastating and deadly effects of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia." See for more information on that. Harlan's report is available on his blog and on the Ashville Citizen-Times online site. Harlan had attempted the SCAR 6 years prior, this time to promote clean air but, ironically, high ozone levels triggered an asthma attack.

New supported and unsupported FKTs were set on May 19, 2011, by David Worth and Will Harlan, respectively. Worth's report with photos and splits is here. Harlan started at Davenport Gap, and Worth ran the opposite direction, and the two encountered each other near Newfound Gap. Worth started his run with Brian Williams, who completed the route in 16h45m. Harlan's heart-felt report is here.

Just a few miles away, mountains as beautiful as these were being dynamited and dumped, poisoning the communities that live near these operations, just to get at the last remaining seams of coal. My 72-mile run would probably do nothing to stop more mountains from being beheaded and more people from dying. I never felt so small. And at the same time, in the shadows of ancient mountains, I never felt more inspired to keep fighting. -- Will Harlan