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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Part two of our special Fastest Known Time of the Year Awards concludes, with the #2 and #1 winners, female and male.

All four winners are interviewed for this episode, describing how they did the super-cool FKTs that won them the awards. Who are they?

"I planned on running TNF then with no race to run, went after this iconic FKT instead."
- "It was so fast, was it like a time trial?"
- "It was a long time trial!"


The Fastest Known Time of the Year Awards are back for the third year!

This special episode features amazing descriptions of the #5, #4, and #3 FKTs of the Year. Check out the FKTOY page for the who and what on these awards.

Adding to the fun is Hillary Allen as co-host, and an appearance by Joe Grant, who beautifully articulates what is meaningful about this sport.

What was the preeminent FKT in 2018? What inspired you the most? What are your predictions for 2019? Tony, Clare, and Peter answer these questions and more!

Peter Bakwin is the only person to do the Double Hardrock, the first person to go under 4 days on the John Muir Trail, plus many other races and FKTs, and is one of the co-founders of this website and podcast.

What if running could lead to enlightenment?

This ambitious question is the heart of the documentary 3100: Run and Become. Based around the Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, the world’s longest certified footrace, this is an uplifting, intimate portrait of endurance runners who push themselves to the edge of physical and mental collapse, as they endeavor to challenge the boundaries of impossibility.

Jim Walmsley is one of the best ultrarunners in the world, who a few days ago (12/10/2018), with Tim Freriks and Eric Senseman, set a new FKT on the dramatic and adventurous R2R2R.alt in the Grand Canyon.

In 2014 Justin Simoni, the “Long Ranger”, bicycled to all 58 of Colorado’s 14,000’ summits, climbed them, then biked to the next in 34+ days. In 2017 he upped the standard and in 60 straight days did the “Highest Hundred” (summits in CO) in the same self-powered, self-supported style. And his background is an artist, not an athlete.

Our first-ever live recording! The Trail Running Film Festival was on a nationwide tour when it stopped in Boulder (check to see if it's playing near you), and we recorded questions and comments directly from the audience.

Q:  There are 3 styles of FKTs: Supported, Self-Supported, and Unsupported … which one is better?

Q: What’s the funnest thing the two of you have done together?

Nobody can do the big thru-hikes like Heather Anderson - she once held the Self-Supported Overall (not Female) FKT’s for the PCT, AT, and Arizona Trail - simultaneously.