Route: Pitchell (NC)

North Carolina, US

"Pitchell" is the brainchild of Asheville, NC, runner Adam Hill. It is run almost solely on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail for 67 miles from the top of Mount Pisgah to the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the Eastern U.S. Over 16,000 feet of elevation gain and gnarly technical sections make this an epic run, but aid is available due to frequent Blue Ridge Parkway crossings. Hill has run route at least 4 times with a best time of 15h6m. Mark Lundblad took on the challenge and set the current FKT at 13h28m (supported) in November 2011.  Note that a midnight start time is apparently "traditional" (though perhaps not "required"?), and was used by Lundblad.

Adam Hill's October 2013 run with a time of 13h34m marked his 6th finish.