Fastest Known Time of the Year Award
The Fastest Known Time of the Year Award is back for the third year. FKTs are now a fundamental element of running: the best runners in the world along with the middle-of-packer, people are creating their own adventures, learning about new routes, and in the case of this award, getting very competitive and throwing down some really fast times.
As always, these “winners” don’t actually win anything. Except the respect of their peers, which might be the best prize there is. The intention of the FKTOY is to create more community, by learning from and growing with each other.
In keeping with the self-driven ethic of FKTs, the durations of this year's top ten covers a huge range. Some were run on buffer trails while some required 4th class scrambling, and voters awarded both supported and self-supported efforts. In other words, quality, excellence, and inspiration are what mattered.
See for yourself. Click on the links, and discover a cool route you may want to do … or not want to do ...
#5: Clare Gallagher (Trans-Zion) & Nate Bender (Montana 12ers)
#4: Annie Weiss (Ice Age Trail) & Andrew Hamilton (Colorado 14ers Winter)
#3: Candice Burt (Wonderland Trail) & Joe Grant (Nolan's 14)
#2: Taylor Nowlin (R2R2R) & Aurelien Sanchez (John Muir Trail)
#1 - FKTOY 2018 winners: Alyssa Godesky (Long Trail) and Karel Sabbe (Appalachian Trail)
2018 FKTOY Wrap-up
Another inspiring year. Everyone should click through these links and learn about the best trails and routes in North America - this essentially is a "bucket list" for every long distance runner, not just for the few that want to take a crack at a new FKT.
What to expect for 2019? Just more of the same: people going outside, learning, growing, and finding what is meaningful to them.
(Very) Honorable Mentions
Every FKT listed here (in chronological, not voting, order) also received votes, and were often called out by voters for being exceptional:
Hors Categorie (beyond category)
Pete Kostelnick - K2K - Kenai Penninsula Alaska to Key West Florida - 5,384mi, 98days.
(Both these efforts are terrific, and neither was submitted as an FKT.)
FKTOY: How does the FKTOY process work?
- There were 22 voters this year, representing as much gender, geographic, and age differential as practical.
- A nominations list was created, based on notable submissions to this site.
- This list was sent to voters for review
- Voters ranked their top 5 for each gender.
- Points were awarded based each voter's top 5: #1 votes received 5 points, #2 received 4 points, down to 1 point for the voters’ #5 choice.
- The votes are totaled; high score wins, Top 5 for each gender receives special recognition.
- Voters also made comments, which form the basis of this story.
- The award is for the route, the FKT, not the person (different than Ultra Runner of the Year in this respect).
- There are only two awards: female and male.
- There is no actual award, except the big one: the respect of one’s peers.
In keeping with the spirit of FKTs there are almost no rules. Except:
- Be honest, state what you did, complete the official route (if there is one), and document it with a GPS track, at the minimum.
- The FKT must take place in North America (in order that voters can properly understand it).
- The FKT can be accomplished by anyone of any nationality.
- Supported, Self-Supported, and Unsupported are separate FKT styles (see Guidelines), but considered as equal and together for the FKTOY.