A roughly 26 mile loop connecting several prominent trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Alum Cave, Boulevard) as well as parts of the Appalachian Trail. See link for description. https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7026832/great-smoky-mountains-peak-loop.
Ashley Blake and Joshua Scott are attempting, as an unsupported mixed gender team, an FKT of this route on Feb 8th, 2019 weather permitting.
Successfully completed (and pending verification) on Feb 8, 2019, in 9 hr. 41 min. 22 sec, by Ashley Blake and Joshua Scott.
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3367111701 (Joshua’s Garmin activity).
Congrats guys! Christine and I will have to give it another shot sometime!
Honorable mention goes to William "Cola" Wells & Julie Doll, who ran the route on 4/4/2019 in 6h47m49s, but did not close the loop by running the 1.8 mile road section.
Wells reported: "Perfect morning for a morning in the mountains. A little bit of snow up around Mt. LaConte and Ice Spring Water Shelter but perfect trails the rest of the way."