Route: Long Island Greenbelt Trail (NY)

New York, US
31 mi
Vertical Gain
1,120 ft

The Long Island Greenbelt Trail runs about 32 miles from Heckscher State Park to Sunken Meadow State Park. Evolution of the FKT is documented on the old site. Barney Fortunato ran this 32-mile route a couple of times with a best time of 4h41m15s on July 25, 2015.  Others have run it, but we know of no faster completion.
Here's a link to the Long Island Green Belt Trail Conference (maps & information).

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Hiked many times hard part is despite being in and urban area there is limited places to get water 

On Saturday, April 20th they are holding the first "Shore 2 Shore" race on the trail. The course will differ slightly from the marked trail at the start and end but overall I think it will still work out to around 50 km. There will be several aid stations so I would say that the time for the winner on Saturday would qualify as the supported FKT for both Male and Female. Good luck to all. 

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I'd like to announce my intention to run the Suffolk Greenbelt Trail from Field 3 Trail Head in Sunken Meadow to Field 7 Trail Head in Heckscher. This will be a Supported FKT attempt as my wife will be meeting me along the route to top up my fluids and nutrition. I will be running on Thursday, April 30th 2020, starting around 7:30 am.

I have not found any accounts online other than Barney's 4:41:15 solo effort. It is my belief that if I finish before Barney's time that my time will be the Supported FKT and Barney's will remain the Unsupported FKT. The trail is known to be between 31-32 miles, I will be following the white trail blazes even when a shorter route may be present. I will be documenting my run by wearing 2 Garmin Forerunner 620. 

I will announce my results Thursday afternoon or Friday.

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What. A. Morning. Started in torrential rain which eventually stopped and left everything muddy. Footing was not ideal on most of the trail, but that is trail running. Please find links to my Garmin and Strava data. I finished with a time of 4:17:39. Attached to my activity are time stamped pictures. This was a blast and would recommend this trail to anyone.

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Mike - awesome effort. Sounds like the conditions were similar to when they held the Shore2Shore race along the course last year which were definitely difficult. Once this trail gets wet there are plenty of opportunities to take some pretty nasty falls. I see you also went North to South which I think is the better way to run the trail fast. Awesome job and congratulations. I'm glad to see someone reviving FKT attempts on this trail. 

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I’d like to officially announce that on December 5th or 6th (depending on weather) I will be attempting the fastest known time for the Suffolk County Greenbelt Trail. I will start at the trail head in Sunken Meadow and head south to the trail head at Heckscher State Park. I will be making the attempt with support. See you on the other side

I'd like to announce my attempt at the Unsupported FKT for the LI Greenbelt Trail. I set off at around 9AM on 4/22/23 from Sunken Meadow State Park, headed south and completed the trail in just under 6 hrs (5:56:55). Not the time I was hoping for, but it was still a blast, and a great day out on the trail! 

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