Fastest Known Podcast

Coming to you every Friday: interviews with FKT-setters and other athletes in the world of Fastest Known Times.

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Jennifer famously set the Overall record on the Appalachian Trail earning her National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, but is also the author of 7 books, a public speaker, runs a guide service, and is happily married with two children. 

So how did she go 11 DAYS faster than her previous effort?

"I resolved to not set a limit on what I could do - no matter what happened, I would leave the Trail with that question answered."

"I was on the Trail I loved, with the person I loved, doing what I loved."

No action yet on the JMT, PCT, or AT ... are the existing times just too hard? But Peter is processing 5-8 submissions per day from all over the world! And, stop worrying about "Supported" vs "Unsupported" -

"If you want to go solo, go solo. If you want to go as a team, do that. But don't say one is better than the other."

Marcy and her husband John travel the US, living in a camper trailer, and knocking out FKT's everywhere they go.

"We've been doing this for 10 years. It's a great way to see the country!"

She's also a Hardrock finisher, and done a lap or two of Barkley.  But her favorite race?

"Big's Backyard Ultra. I'm not real fast, so the 'Last Person Standing' style suits me."

Josh is from Michigan - sounds mundane?  Think again!  You wouldn't believe what this guy is doing ...

Fastest person to visit all 50 states - and run a 5k in each: 6d, 6h, 58mins!

Most countries visited in one day - and run in each country (read the article below): 13!

Most 14ers climbed in one day: 10

Who won the inaugural Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and the Hardrock 100?  AND, who is a really nice person?  You know it's Krissy Moehl.  

"I love running - the tribe is getting bigger - I really enjoy people!"

She set FKTs on some of the most iconic routes in the west: Tahoe Rim Trail, Wonderland Trail, Trans Zion, and R2R2R.  She wrote "Running Your First Ultra", and if you purchase it from her website, it comes signed with a personal inscription:  http://krissymoehl.com

The Hut-Hut Traverse is a New England classic, especially with the "Croo" ...

"The section between Greenleaf and Galehead is really steep and usually wet - you have to use your hands - that's what those trails are like."

Jeff now lives in Colorado, with more big plans.  What's the difference between the Rockies and New England?

"There's nothing like New Hampshire. And I'm still living the dream."

On June 20, Karl broke Kilian Jornet's time on Denali by 4 minutes. After more than 11 hours, it came down to the wire?

"He used skis, so I was way ahead at the top, but he was much faster going down."

Karl is going for FKTs on all the Seven Summits - he holds 4 of them simultaneously right now!

"I'm not that fast, but I'm at home on glaciers, up high, in the mountains. This is what I was born to do."

https://www.karlegloff.com

Very honest and insightful descriptions of what it takes to survive and thrive in the biggest events, from two of the best!

"100 miles is really hard, it’s a long way - we’re not running for our lives; it’s something we choose to do.  So what can we learn, how do we get through the dark places?"

"I hate it too - but it's a soul-searcher - but you need it in your life."

"FKTs are more personal; they are more likely to be for the right reasons."  

In 2001 Flyin' Brian hiked the entire PCT, AT, and CDT in one calendar year. He changed the game. 

"The difference between impossible and possible is very narrow."

Brian kept going - he's an engineer who likes to solve problems - so he worked at Barkley, and achieved the "course record" in 2008 on his third try. His wisdom is a delight:

"Volunteer trail work is a real joy. I'm doing what I can; not worrying about what I can't."

Not only has he finished Hardrock 100 22 times (!), but he also holds an obscure record for road Marathons!  Listen to Blake's comments on the cancellation of this year's race, and recollections on a few remarkable FKT's, from the John Muir Trail, to being the first person to run cross country from Badwater to the top of Mt Whitney, AND the first person to finish the Nolans 14.

"This was before cell phones. Dad and I were talking to each other on FRS radios."