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Liz "Mercury" Anjos on Appalachian Trail
In progress

38.917667, -78.0492763

Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: In progress

 

Day 36 (8/11):  START: Notch Rd.   4:02 am FINISH: Stratton-Arlington Rd.  10:35 pm 44.1 miles  18:33   2.4 mph 1,646 total miles    45.7 mpd Nice weather   a little warm Jupiter is happy to report that Mercury is ‘back on track’ to finish under fifty days if the weather in the Whites permits her safe passage.

Day 35 (8/10):  START: Tyringham Main Road  4 am FINISH: Notch Rd.   11:30 pm 48 miles    19:30   2.5 mph 1,601.9   45.8 mpd Continued nice weather Today was a good day for  Mercury. Shin splints are almost gone. Toe blisters getting better due to new shoes with wider toe boxes. Feet soreness still there but lessened.

Day 34 (8/09):  START – Iron Bridge   Falls Village, CT      3:20 am FINISH – Tyringham (MA) Main Rd.         11:35 pm 48.6 miles     20:15       2.4 mph 1,553.9 total miles     45.7 mpd Nice weather. Mercury had a good, but necessary, day after coming up 7.5 miles short yesterday. 

Day 33 (8/08):  START:   Hoyt Rd.   NY/CT stateline    5:50am FINISH:  Iron Bridge   Falls Village, CT  9:15pm 36.7 miles      15:25    2.4 mph 1,505.3 total miles     45.6 mpd Good weather Mercury’s sore feet finally got a new pair of boots with a bigger toebox. Thank you Peter Wells!

Day 32 (8/07):  START:  4 am    Old West Point Rd. FINISH: 10:20 pm  Hoyt Rd.    CT/NY state line 45.6 miles      18:20    2.5 mph 1,468.6 total miles    45.9 mpd Good weather   overcast    a little drizzle Mercury navigated numerous blowdowns caused by the tropical storm both in the dark (before sunrise/after sunset) 

Day 31 (8/06):  START:   Brady Rd. 4am FINISH:  Old West Point Rd. 10:35pm 46.4 miles      18:35   2.5 mph 1,423 total miles   45.9 mpd Nice weather Mercury had a good day considering she had many storm blowdowns to contend with that certainly slowed her pace. Her shin splints continue to improve and her feet are a little

Day 30 (8/05):  START:  Culvers Gap      4 am FINISH:  Brady Rd.         9 pm 41.8 miles     17:00    2.5 mph 1,376.6 total miles   45.9 mpd Nice weather   – much branch debris on the trail due yesterday’s tropical storm Mercury finished her ‘200 miles of rocks’ this morning and her sore feet welcome somewhat

Day 29 (8/04):  START:   PA Rt. 191    4:30 am FINISH:  Culvers Gap (NJ)   US RT. 206    7:35 pm 35.4 miles     15:05    2.3 mph 1334.8 total miles      46 mpd average Tropical Storm! Wet, windy, and wild! Mercury woke up to rain and walked in torrential rain and high winds (complete w/nearby tornado warnings).

Day 28 (8/03):  START: PA Rt. 309    5 am FINISH: PA Rt.191   midnight 42.5 mikes 19:00     2.2 mph 1299.4  total miles    46.4  mpd Nice day for hiking Mercury negotiated some treacherous rocky sections today being cautious. She was slowed more by blisters and sore feet due to all the rocks in the trail. 

Day 27 (8/02):  START:  PA Rt. 501     4 am FINISH:  PA Rt. 309     10:45 pm 50.4 miles    18:45      2.7 mph 1,256.9 total miles   46.5 mpd Even with two fierce, torrential thunderstorms, Mercury was able to do her first 50+ mile day today in eleven days. She had hiking companions for her early morning/morning

Day 26 (8/01):  START: North side Susquehanna River  4:30 am FINISH: Rt. 501   9:15 pm 44.6 miles    16:45     2.7 mph 1,201.5 total miles   46.2 mpd Mercury flowed out of July into August by starting at the southern edge of the last Ice Age and moving northward under the many rocks left by its retreat

Note at this point the FKT is off the table, but Mercury is continuing on and putting in pretty big daily miles, and can certainly get the NoBo FKT.  It seems like they might be pushing for sub-50 days.

Day 25 (7/31):  START:   Pine Grove Furnace State Park  4 am FINISH: North side Susquehanna River   9:15 pm 47 miles     17:15     2.7 mph 1,156.9 total miles   46.3 miles per day average Overcast morning   not as hot afternoon/evening Again, not wanting to reinjure her left shin, Mercury walked most of the day 

Day 24 (7/30):  START:  Warner Gap Rd.    3:55 am FINISH; Pine Grove Furnace SP    7:50 pm 44.2 miles    15:55    2.8 mpd 1,104.9 total miles   46 mpd Hot  humid   no rain Following a good night’s sleep, Mercury headed out at 3:55 pm and crossed the Mason-Dixon line into PA at 6:45 am. Six states down

Day 23 (7/29):  START:  Keys Gap   WV Rt.9    4:28 am FINISH: Warner Gap Road     7:45 pm 40.5 miles    15:17   2.6 mph 1,060.7 total miles      46.1 mpd Hot  humid   no rain    but not many bugs Although the miles might not show it, today was a good day for Mercury.

Day 22 (7/28):  START:  VA 602   4:15 am FINISH:  WV Rt. 9   Keys Gap    12:15 am 49.1 miles     20:00    2.5mph 1,020.2 total miles   46.4 mpd Warm, humid, but no rain Mercury put in a long day at the office. She had a pleasant hiking companion for most of the day and for the evening walk.

Day 21 (7/27):  START:  Thornton Gap    SNP     4:15am FINISH: VA 602    4:35pm 26.3 miles    12:20    2.1 mph 971.1 total miles   46.2 mpd 68.6 miles behind Jennifer 49.9 miles behind Stringbean Hot but no rain finally Second straight day of ‘recovery’ mode rather than ‘record’ mode. Left shin is still preventing Mercury from running.

Day 20 (7/26):  START: Hawksbill Gap    4 am FINISH:  Thornton Gap   11:15 am 12.8 miles    7:15   1.8 mph 944.8 miles    47.2 mpd 42.4 miles behind Jennifer 32.6 miles behind Stringbean Willing heart and mind vs. unwilling body The latter won today. The possibility of a new woman’s AT endurance record will be objectively determined by the trail tomorrow.

Day 19 (7/25):  START: Loft Mountain CG    4:40 am FINISH: Hawksbill Gap        8:30 pm 39.2 miles    15:50     2.5mph Warm   thunderstorm 932 total miles 6.5 miles behind Jennifer 6.5 miles ahead of Stringbean Joined by some more folks again trying to offer support/encouragement to our ‘damsel in some distress’. Persistent/painful left shin splint pain is slowing her down.

Day 18 (7/24):  START:  Reids Gap   3:57am FINISH: Loft Mt. CG    SNP   11:20pm 47.2 miles      19:23      2.4 mph 892.8  total miles     49.6 mpd 6.7 miles ahead of Jennifer 21.8 miles ahead of Stringbean A little warm but no rain – but wet grass.

Day 17 (7/23):  START:  Punchbowl Crossing  4:35am FINISH: Reids Gap     11:30pm 47.4 miles    17:55   2.4 mph Hot  / Thunderstorms 845.6 total miles      49.7 mpd 6.3 miles ahead of Jennifer 23.5 miles ahead of Stringbean Wet feet make for blisters – not too bad, but we have to spend ten minutes each morning dressing them.

Day 16 (7/22): START:  Black Horse Gap  (BRP)    5:05am FINISH: Punchbowl Crossing (BRP)  midnight 54.1 miles    18:55     2.9 mph 798.2 total miles     49.8 mpd 11.8 miles in front of JPD      23.3 miles ahead of Stringbean Strong Thunderstorms – late afternoon/evening After getting in late after a long hot day, Mercury departs for ‘work’ at her latest time – 5:05pm. It is a beautiful post-thunderstorm morning as the trail crisscrosses the Blue Ridge Parkway with stunning sunrise views that Mercury can enjoy on her northward flow.

Day 15 (7/21): START: Craig Creek   VA621   4am FINISH: Black Horse Gap  BRP97.7  12:10am 54.8 miles    20:10     2.7mph Total miles –  743.4     49.5 mpd Hot with two thunderstorms (nearby Roanoke got to 100 degrees yesterday for the first time in eight years). Mercury flowed with the heat over Dragon’s Tooth, through sweltering unshaded fields

Day 14 (7/20): START:  4:05am    Clendennin Rd  VA641 FINISH: 10pm    Craig Creek VA 621 47.2 miles    17:55     2.6mph 688.6 total miles    49.2 mpd Continued warm, sunny weather. Mercury had much overgrowth to go through today slowing her down since she couldn’t see the footway (i.e. rocks /roots)

Day 13 (7/19):  START: 4am   Kimberling Creek FINISH: 9:15pm  Clendennin Rd. 48.8 miles     17:15     2.8 mph Warm weather 641.4 total miles     49.3 mpd For the most part, this was a smooth, efficient day of biped movement through the mountains. Fortunately, Mercury’s concern about the condition of her stubbed/tripped foot from the evening before was not realized. She still walked most of the day but was able to run more sections so she was able to have a long-anticipated ‘normal’ office day of 17-18 hours while doing the required daily miles to set a record.

Day 12 (7/18):  START: 4am     VA615 (one-room schoolhouse) FINISH: 10:30pm   Kimberling Creek 49.7 miles     18:30     2.7 mph 590.9 total miles    49.2 mpd average Weather – warm and humid Day started out with wet tall grass and then intestinal distress due to something Mercury ate.

Day 11 (7/17):  START:  Beech Mountain Rd.    4:14am FINISH: VA 615   10:50 pm 53.8 miles   2.9 mph 541.2 total miles   49.2 mpd average After a second night of shower/sleep at the Appalachian Folk School (45 minute drive from trail), Mercury flowed over Whitetop/Mt. Rogers/Grayson Highlands under overcast skies in the morning but then had to contend with heat & humidity in the afternoon.

Day 10 (7/16):  START: Wilbur Dam Rd.     4:14am FINISH: VA 601 (Beech Mt. Rd.)  10:20pm 56 miles   18:06    2.8 mph 487.4 total miles      48.7 mpd The ‘extra’ sleep seemed to help. Mercury ran for the first time in about seven days and walked without a hiking pole. This was her best day since day 2.

Day 9 (7/15):  START:   Rt. 19E    4:05am FINISH: Wilbur Dam Road  6:48pm 37.7 miles       14:43   2.6mph 431.4 total miles     47.9 mpd Right shin is still bothering Mercury forcing her to walk all day. Day is the hottest one yet. Rater than tackle a 16.1 mile section at the end of the day, and then late into the night, the team makes a decision to stop early and go to the nearby Appalachian Folk  School for laundry, shower and about six hours of sleep. This will mean we will catch up to Odyssa (Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011) sometime between day 15 and 25 rather than catching up to her tomorrow.

Day 8 (7/14):  START:   Nolichucky River (Erwin, TN)     4 am FINISH: Rt. 19E  (Roan Mt, TN)   11:53 pm 50.9 miles     19:53        2.6 mph 393.7 total miles   49.2 mpd average Another nice day of weather, especially for the exposed heights of the Roan Highlands. Skin splints (more on the right leg than the left)

Day 7 (7/13):  START: Log Cabin Drive   4 am FINISH: Nolichucky River (Erwin, TN)   midnight 53.2 miles       20:00     2.7 mph Total miles in seven days: 342.8        48.9 mpd average After a few hours of sleep, a groggy Mercury sets off in the darkness slapping herself a few times to stay awake. 

Day 6 (7/12): START: Davenport Gap   GSNP    2:55am FINISH: Log Cabin Drive    11:15pm 52 miles   20:50     2.5 mph Total miles: 289.6     48.3 mpd Better day than yesterday. Shin splints continue to improve slowly; but it still is Mercury’s ‘mind over matter’ every minute/hour/day. Continued good weather helps. Beautiful views atop Snowbird and Max Patch.

Day 5 (7/11):  START: Newfound Gap  GSNP   2:20am FINISH: Davenport Gap  GSNP  5:30pm 30.8 miles*    15:10    2.0 mph Total miles: 237.6 miles   47.5 mpd *does not include the 7 extra miles ‘second guessing’ ( and 2-3 hours lost) while walking back and fourth due to lack of blazing. This unfortunate occurance, along with Mercury’s slower pace, has put Karel Sabbe's overall AT FKT out of reach.

Day 4 (7/10):  START:  GSNP southern boundary   4:04am FINISH: Newfound Gap   8:35pm 39.6 miles    16:30    2.4 mph Total miles in four days: 206.8 miles     54.2mpd -3.0 miles with Karel Only one small storm which was sat out in a shelter. Mercury was stalled for 20 minutes by a momma bear eating grass along the trail

Day 3 (7/09):  START:   Burningtown Gap     2:22am FINISH: GSNP boundary   6:30pm Miles for day:   43.1 miles     Time elapsed: 16:08     2.7mph Total miles for first three days: 167.2 miles  55.7 mpd average Only second nobo to reach Fontana Dam in three days from Springer Sam Swisher-McClure (19 y.o. record attemptor in 1998 was the only other) + 9.2 miles on Karel

Day 2 (7/08): START: Dicks Creek Gap   2:28am FINISH: Burningtown Gap   8:35pm 54.8 miles  in 18:07       3.0 mph 2-day total miles – 124 miles    62 mpd Longest two-day start of any northbound record attempt + 18.3 miles on Karel      +7.9 miles on Jennifer Support crew: Jupiter & David Horton   Approx 128.8 miles total (49.4 for the day)

Day 1 (7/07):  START: Springer Mt. at midnight FINISH: Dicks Creek Gap (US 76) at 9:14pm 69.2 miles in 21 hours 14 minutes 3.26 mph +16.6 miles on Karel Sabbe (overall record; supported) +13.2 miles on Jennifer Pharr Davis (women’s record; supported) Wet trail; not too humid; longest first day ever for an AT endurance record attempt (nobo);

Day 0:  "I will be starting from Springer heading NOBO on July 7th. I will be posting regular trail updates on my website mercuryontheat.com. I will also address Covid-19 in my announcement as well as on my website. Thank you!"

 

Alex Wright on Colorado Trail (CO)
DNF

38.317049, -106.5122368

Athlete: Alex Wright
Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: DNF

Alex stopped because of injury.

7/18:  Started 5:28am at Waterton https://www.instagram.com/p/CCyBVE8B16Y/

Day 1, Today’s miles: 65.8, Elevation gain: 10,313. Saw a couple who warned of bear near - mile 10. Got in my first “hey bear!” of the trip. The day went pretty smooth except for around lunchtime it got pretty hot in my stomach was upset. But once I got to some water and cool down my body temperature I was able to eat again. I got to the previous FKT’s Threshold of 55 miles per day at 7:23 PM, One hour ahead of my own schedule. The first day of this trip was meant to be one of the toughest due to the heat and my pack being the heaviest it would be on this trip; a good confidence booster. I arrived at my campsite around 10 PM. The stars were out so I decided to cowboy camp; I slept sound for 7 hrs.

Day 2, Today’s miles: 53.4, Total Miles: 9,350’. I woke up at 5 AM and quickly realized one of my bottles had been chewed through by some critter, rendering it unusable. I may be able to ship a new one ahead to a resupply point but I will have to make do regardless. I spent the first few hours in the morning struggling to time my water stops correctly with my one nutrition bottle. After a bit, I realized I could still use the critter bottle to hold the nutritional drink, but just lock it, then dump it in my other bottle when it was time to use it. I felt great all morning and was right on schedule up until about mid day. Around then, as I look through my nutrition I realized I hadn’t eaten as much as I thought. Soon after I started the bonk, got real sleepy, took a 10 minute nap and kept going. After I cross the highway to Breckenridge, I started to bonk really hard – which was unfortunate because I had a huge climb ahead of me. It took me far longer to get over the pass then I had planned and I totally screwed up my water and nutrition, barely ate, barely drink. At the top my legs quit working. I’ve never experienced so much pain in my legs before. However, the only thing I could do is get down, so I pushed on. I had a resupply box and a hotel room booked in Copper, so I hobbled over to check in. After doing so, I couldn’t even make it out of the checkin building – I had to lay down, feeling dizzy, nauseous, and my legs literally did not work. It was like when you see those marathon runners who are just totally trashed by the end, falling down in the least graceful way possible. It took me 30 minutes To muster up the energy to walk the .3 miles to my hotel room. I made it, but barely.

Announcement:  Starting July 18th, 2020 I will be attempting to beat the current self-supported FKT on the Colorado Trail (East to West, Collegiate East) held by Andre Michaud. I will be tracking my trip with a SPOT device and a GPS watch which I will be uploading to Strava. I will be doing it "thru-hiker style" as Scott Williamson laid out in his 2008 FKT - no support crew, using mail drops, and picking up food and supplies in towns along the way. No rides in vehicles – unless injured or ill and needing medical attention.

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Damian Hall on Pennine Way (UK)
Complete - new FKT!

54.045579336028, -2.15433500531

Athlete: Damian Hall
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!

Another FKT attempt on the Pennine Way! Damian Hall is arguably one of the UK's top male ultra runners (5th at UTMB in 2018) and set off to break John Kelly's new. He is running south rather than north.

Here is an article: https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/news/a33376237/damian-hall-attempts-to-break-fkt-for-pennine-way/ 

7/22:  Started ~6:00

Splits vs. targets about every 6 hours:

Gibshiel Rd, Wed 12:27, target 13:20, gap +0:53

B6318-Greenhead, Wed 18:06, target 20:00, gap +1:54

Dufton, Thu 02:01, target 05:15, gap +3:14

Middleton, Thu 07:00, target 10:50, gap +3:50

Thwaite, Thu 13:10, target 16:29, gap +3:19

Malham, Fri 00:07, target 02:24, gap +2:17, about 71 miles to go!

Colne-Haworth Rd, Fri 06:17, target 08:39, gap +2:22

Standedge, Fri 12:30, target 15:29, gap +2:59, gaining ground again!

Snake Pass Fri 17:45, target 20:04, gap +2:19, just ~8 miles to go!

Edale at 19:35 Friday.  New FKT by 3h10m = 2d13h35m!

Jeff Woody on Great Smoky Mountains National Park 900 (NC, TN)
In progress

35.6117644, -83.4895449

Athlete: Jeff Woody
Start date:
Style: Unknown
Status: In progress

Well hell, I guess it's time for a big adventure. I've been mulling this one over for a few years. Here goes. Next Thursday (7/23) begins an attempt to complete all the trails in the Smoky Mountains (aka, Great Smoky Mountains National Park 900 Miler Club) in the Fastest Known Time (FKT). The current FKT is a smokin' 43 days laid down by Benny Braden. In accordance with the rules of the FKT organization (and because we have a friendship), I've discussed this with Benny, and he has been most gracious and very supportive of this attempt. A public announcement is also required...i.e., this FB post. No idea whether I can maintain the roughly 30+miles a day on some of the country's most rugged and hilly trails. So, I guess this will be an experiment of sorts for this aging body of mine. And, I know, July and August heat, really Jeff...what the hell are you thinking. I will definitely need massive luck, help from the local running/hiking community and much encouragement from family and friends. I will post regular updates. Also, daily status of the carnage can be found ahttps://www.strava.com/athletes/woody_jeff 

The Strava link will be the main method of recording my daily runs.  While I have a Garmin InReach Mini,  I have found that it isn't a reliable tool for recording routes in the heavy tree cover of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Therefore I will be using my more reliable Suunto 9 Baro, and recording GPS results on both the Suunto website and Strava, and I will provide periodic updates on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jeff.woody.98.  I will also be taking timestamped photos of trailhead signs for my records. 

Day 1: 27.65 miles / 7244'  "Twentymile, Twentymile Loop, Wolf Ridge, Gregory Bald (to Doe Knob), Long Hungry Ridge, AT to Fontana Dam. Not the best start to this challenge. Went slow but still had cramps in the last 4 miles that brought things to a crawl. Hoping for better day tomorrow. No time to whine about it."

Day 2: 35.27 miles / 6112'  "A much better day! Lakeshore, Hazel Creek, Bone Valley, Cold Spring Gap, High Rock, Welch Ridge, Bear Creek, Forney Creek, Whiteoak Branch, Tunnel Bypass. No animals. Two people. Over 30 horseflies that met a timely death thanks to the ninja Slap."

Day 3: 25.17 miles / 4659'. "27 Mile day (GPS always struggles and shortens route on Lakeshore). Best day yet thanks to smart pacing. Getting into a rhythm it seems and listening to the body. Today covered the Lakeshore Trail from Hazel Creek boat landing, Ollies Cove, Forney Creek (our and back to Bear Creek), Goldmine Trail. No animals, 8 people, 8 dead horseflies."

Marilyne Marchand Gouin on Colorado Trail (CO)
Complete - new FKT!

38.317049, -106.5122368

Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!
Tracker: Tracker

East to West, Collegiate West, self supported. 

7/24:  Started 5:07

7/25:  Crossed Kenosha Pass at 17:23

7/27:  Gold Hill at 5:44

7/28:  Hwy 24 at 7:22

7/29:  Twin Lakes Dam at 10:31

7/30:  CR209 at 14:37

8/01:  Middle Fork South Arkansas River at 6:00

8/02:  Sargents Mesa ~ 7:00

8/03:  San Luis Pass ~ 16:30

8/05:  Carson Saddle at 7:28, overnight at Molas Lake.  ~74 miles to go!

8/07:  Finished ~19:05! ~ 14d14h5m  Appears to be an overall female self supported FKT for the CT !

 

 

Jon Davis on Colorado Trail (CO)
DNF

38.317049, -106.5122368

Athlete: Jon Davis
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: DNF

I'd like to publicly announce that I will be attempting a supported FKT on the Colorado Trail from Durango to Denver starting 07/27/2020. 

I will be taking the Collegiate East route.

Announcing it makes it feel pretty real.

7/27:  Started 5:00.

7/28:  Little Molas Lake at 10:00, Stony Pass at 18:34

7/29:  Carson Saddle at 6:37, Spring Creek Pass at 12:49 (~127 miles), 18:30 at San Luis Pass, 23:37 at Eddiesville TH

Lindsey Ulrich on Pacific Crest Trail through OR (OR)
Complete - new FKT!

43.8533936, -121.9653216

Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!
Tracker: SPOT Tracker

Officially announcing that I will be attempting to establish the Supported FKT of the PACIFIC CREST TRAIL THROUGH OREGON (OR) beginning Monday, July 27th, at 0600.

What: Supported FKT attempt, Northbound

Where: Pacific Crest Trail – Entire Oregon Section. California to Washington.

When: Beginning Monday, July 27, 0600

https://fastestknowntime.com/fkt/lindsey-ulrich-pacific-crest-trail-through-or-or-2020-08-05

Eli Burakian on New Hampshire 4000 Footers (NH)
DNF

44.2403434, -71.3503537

Athlete: Eli Burakian
Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: DNF

Going after the Directissima (Bill Tidd's FKT).

Started 7/29 at 7:20am, Beaver Brook TH.

Mikaela Osler on Colorado Trail (CO)
Complete - new FKT!

38.317049, -106.5122368

Athlete: Mikaela Osler
Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!

I'm going to attempt the female self supported FKT on the CT starting this Thursday July 30. I'm going to post updates on my insta (@mikaelaosler).

Note:  Mikaela's tracker link is private.

7/30:  Start 7:44.  Camped a bit short of N Fork Lost Creek

7/31:  Short camp break near Middle Fork Swan River

8/01:  Overnight near US 24 (Tennessee Pass)

8/02:  Overnight at Twin Lakes

8/03: Slept briefly near the east ridge of Mt Yale and then reached the Avalanche TH around 1:00am on 8/4.

8/04:  Overnight at US 50.

8/05:  Camped on top of the Divide a few miles short of Hwy 114.

8/07:  Crossed Spring Creek Pass ~8:40.  Camped at Stony Pass, 94 miles to go.

8/08:  Sleep break just shy of Hermosa Peak.

8/09:  At mid-day she has only about 20 (mostly downhill) miles to go!  Done at 20:22! ~ 10d12h36m 

Mikaela just set the overall female self supported FKT by 4 days !!! ???

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDuiWn4syyx/

Dan Barger on Western States 200 (CA)
DNF

39.1554673, -120.5023204

Athlete: Dan Barger
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: DNF
Tracker: Tracker

Start Date: July 31, 2020 5:00am

Location Placer High School Track

Tracker:  In Reach Mini

Link: https://share.garmin.com/WS200

Style: Supported

Social Media: Instagram danimal88888

I will be attempting the first ever WS 200  (Summer June, July, Aug.)

The route will follow the (modern day) route of the WS 100  Auburn-Squaw-Auburn.  I was entered in the 2020 race and after it was cancelled along with the Tor des Geants (Italy) in September I channeled energy into attempting my first 200 mile distance.  Weather is currently forecast at 98 degrees F. Any day in June, July, or Aug. can have days in the high 90s and 100s while other moths are much cooler hence the “Summer” sub category.

#WS200

7/31:  12:50 at Foresthill, 19:40 near Last Chance

8/01:  Looks like Dan got a little sleep break up on Mosquito Ridge.  Reached Squaw Valley ~11:15, so the first 100 in ~30h15m.

8/02:  Stopped at Duncan Canyon on the return, ~ 125 miles

 

Emily Halnon on Pacific Crest Trail through OR (OR)
Complete - new FKT!

43.8533936, -121.9653216

Athlete: Emily Halnon
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!
Tracker: Tracker

On Saturday, August 1st, I'll be attempting to run the Oregon stretch of the PCT, starting at the California border and trying to get to Washington fast enough to set an FKT. I'll be doing this supported style, with my five month old puppy serving as my dutiful crew captain, along with a bit of human help, as well.

I will be tracking the run through my garmin inreach: https://share.garmin.com/Emily (and Coros watch), and will share updates over instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emilysweats/ as cell service and trail brain allows.
 

Kirsten C Casey on Wonderland Trail (WA)
Complete - no FKT

46.9123863, -121.7583016

Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: Complete - no FKT

I'm going after Jenn Shelton's supported female record on the Wonderland Trail. I will head out of Carter Falls Trailhead 8/1/2020 at 5AM PST going clockwise.I posted it on the message board and invited people to follow along or come say hi. I'll give a report as soon as I can afterwards.

5:00 start at Cougar Rock CG

”I didn't get it. I came in at 24:28 about 2.5 hours short of Jenn Shelton's incredible time. I still had a great day with my friends and family out there. It was fun to have a goal to go after even if it didn't work out! “

Ella Raff on Pacific Crest Trail through WA (WA)
DNF

47.2922268, -121.3717566

Athlete: Ella Raff
Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: DNF
Tracker: Tracker

 I am going to make an attempt on the WA section of the PCT, starting at the border and heading south. I am aiming to go faster than Christof Teuscher's formidable time. I will be self-supported on this trip. I anticipate hiking to the Canadian border on August 1, and starting my attempt early on the morning of August 2. I will post updates on my instagram account when I have service: https://www.instagram.com/redridinghoodella/
Inreach tracker: share.garmin.com/redridinghoodella

I started at 2:11am on August 2nd
Made it to Mile 188 at 3pm August 5 (stevens pass).

"I DNFd at White Pass (Mile 358) on the morning of August 9th with ankle injury. What a ride and excited for someone else to come and smash this route!"
 

Aliza Lapierre on Long Trail (VT)
DNF

44.5436627, -72.8142903

Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: DNF

Starting Sunday, August 2nd Northern Terminus of Long Trail, VT

8/02:  Unfortunately no InReach data at the start (6am?).  Jay Peak at 9:08.  Prospect Rock at 22:18.

8/03:  Kept moving through the night.  VT108 (Smugglers Notch) at 9:14.  Crossed I-89 at 18:14.

8/04:  VT17 at 6:45.  VT125 at 20:16.

8/05:  US-4 at 11:08.  104 miles to go!

8/06:  VT-30 at 11:36.  54 miles to go.  Needs to finish before about 8:37am tomorrow for the FKT (though we are not certain of her exact start time).  Stratton summit at 18:04 (40.7 miles to go).

8/07:  VT-9 at 13:43.  Only 14 miles short of the border, but she ran out of time for the FKT!

Alicia Hudelson on Long Trail (VT)
DNF

44.5436627, -72.8142903

Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: DNF

8//05:  Started about 15:27

8/06:  VT-118 ~7:46  May have quit?

Andre Michaud on Colorado Trail (CO)
DNF

38.317049, -106.5122368

Athlete: Andre Michaud
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: DNF

I will attempt to improve on Joe Grant's (le bon coureur franco-americain) SUPPORTED FKT of E-W Colorado Trail (8d20h09m), Collegiate west variant. In keeping with social distancing, I will have a one-man support team, my oldest friend, David Greedy. 

I'm planning to start early morning August 5th at Waterton Canyon. 

I'm excited by another opportunity and humbled by the many attempts in the last few years.

My inreach will be transmitting my location from start to finish every day, assuming no issues with battery life, etc. I will likely have a backup Garmin if necessary. I will turn off at night. 

8/05:  Start 4:14 at Waterton Canyon, sleep break near Rock Creek.

8/07:  Having trouble with tracker, but still moving well.  6:35pm: at mi 160 approaching Twin Lakes.

Wouter Berghuijs on Via Alpina (Switzerland)
Complete - new FKT!

46.51022831674, 7.7717084

Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!
Tracker: SPOT tracker

Wednesday evening Augst 5th, 2020 (9pm local Swiss time), I will start an FKT attempt on a classic Alpine hiking route in Switzerland, the Via Alpina.

The route crosses the Swiss Alps from East to West. Starting in Vaduz, it goes over 14 Alpine passes, before finishing in Montreux.

The route is 390km long and has 23600m of elevation gain. A full description of the route is available here: https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/hiking-in-switzerland/route-01.html

To my knowledge, there is no registered FKT for this route, but Diego Pazos of Switzerland has announced he will try to do it in under 100hours later this year.

The aim is to finish the route in <100hours.

Courtney Dauwalter on Colorado Trail (CO)
DNF

38.317049, -106.5122368

Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: DNF

West to East, Collegiate West

8/05:  Started ~14:00

8/06: 

Crossed Hwy 550 (Molas Pass) at 6:54.  ~17h for the first 74 miles. 

Stony Pass (94 miles) at 13:15.

Carson Saddle at 19:00.  106 miles done.  The next part is high & wild. Just like the last part!

Instagram:  The San Juan Mountains never disappoint! 😍⛰ Court powered through the first 127 miles and 26,500’ of climbing in 34.5 hours, making it to Spring Creek Pass at 12:30am. After some dinner (gnocchi!), sleep (45 minutes), and coffee (all the cups), she’s back on trail headed for Eddiesville. Keep cruising Court!!

8/07:  Hwy 114 (182 miles) at 18:25

8/08:  Marshall Pass (217.6 miles) at 8:30, took ~4hr break.  Hwy 50 at 15:50 (232 miles in ~73.5hr)

8/09:  Courtney powered through the night.  CR306 at 8:12, took ~90min break.  Winfield at 18:10, Hope Pass at 20:33.

8/10:  Courtney had been wheezing badly, and after some tests at the Leadville ER, learned that she had developed acute bronchitis!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDtU_Z1A0fx/:

This definitely wasn't in the plan. 😣 Court was wheezing pretty badly in the RV this morning, so we made the call to take her to the ER in Leadville. Her pulse ox was 70 so the doctors here ran a full range of tests for HAPE, blood clots, and other severe conditions. Thankfully those were all ruled out and they determined she has acute bronchitis. It could have been allergy induced, or from all the dust/dry heat, plus an impaired immune system from her run. She's on oxygen until her levels come back up, but she should be perfectly healthy in a few days. We’re crushed it had to end this way, but ever grateful she’s on the mend.

Ajay Pickett on Colorado Trail (CO)
DNF

38.317049, -106.5122368

Athlete: Ajay Pickett
Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: DNF

I will be attempting the Unsupported FKT on the Colorado Trail starting on Thursday, August 6th. I will be going East to West and taking the Collegiate East Route trying to best the time of 9 days and 12 hours.

I'll be posting on social media as well as on the Colorado Trail FKT page in the coming days.

8/06:  Start 5:00.  Camped somewhere in the Lost Creek Wilderness.

8/07:  Camped near Jefferson.

8/09:  Gold Hill ~9:24.  Overnight near Camp Hale.

8/10:  Bailed at Leadville.

 

 

Dan Lawson on JOGLE / LEJOG (UK)
In progress

58.6373368, -3.0688997

Athlete: Dan Lawson
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: In progress
Tracker: Tracker

8/06:  Started 5:00, ran to just short of Okehampton.

8/07:  To Cleeve Village, 178 miles total.

8/08:  To Ludlow, 259 miles total.

8/09:  To Winwick, 340 miles.

8/10:  Lake District, 423 miles.  Averaging 84 miles / day !

8/11:  A little north of Moffat.  496 miles.

8/12:  Perth, 585 miles.

Christof Teuscher on Eagle's 33 Challenge (OR)
Complete - new FKT!

45.2160761, -117.2863267

Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: Complete - new FKT!
Tracker: SPOT Tracker

I'll be making a 3rd attempt at the Eagle's 33 challenge on Sat, Aug 8
The planned start is at 3am PST. Tracking: https://maps.findmespot.com/s/9FY0 
Style: self-supported. The challenge consists in summiting all 33 peaks over 9,000ft in Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness in a single push. 
More details at https://www.christofteuscher.com/aagaa/news-3rd-eagles-33-peak-bagging-fkt-attempt

Done!  ~ 4d14h (pending verification)
 

Branden Joy on Montana's Top 50 (MT)
In progress

45.129665593236, -109.6315587

Athlete: Branden Joy
Start date:
Style: Self-supported
Status: In progress
Tracker: Tracker

The goal is to summit the tallest 50 peaks in Montana using the international standard of ~100m of prominence for unique peak criteria.   I'll be starting Wednesday, August 12th at ~0800. I'll be starting in the south where Mt. Rearguard is the first peak, and finishing in the north at Pyramid Peak before I take Chicken Creek drainage to Mystic Lake Trailhead.  I've set 4 caches containing 100,000 calories along the way.  It took me 85 miles by foot and 15,000 elevation gain to set them last week.  Total distance will be ~200 miles and elevation gain is going to be between 100,000-150,000 feet.  I'll be lucky if I get 5 miles on trail.  I will do this solo and self-supported, and I expect the route to take 2-4 weeks depending on weather, rock condition, and fatigue.  This route will require significant scrambling through class 5 - notable peaks are: Granite Peak (tallest in Montana), the West Granite traverse, 12540, Mt. Rearguard (boulder towers), the Villard Spires, and countless gullys and ridge lines!

You can see a photo of the intended route and the planning process on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_wild_ned/

Becky Rogers on Pacific Crest Trail through WA (WA)
Not yet started

47.2922268, -121.3717566

Athlete: Becky Rogers
Start date:
Style: Unsupported
Status: Not yet started

I will be attempting a North to South WA state PCT Unsupported female record, with the intentions to take the overall record.  The start date is August 19 from the Northern Terminus (leaving Harts Pass for the border on August 17th).  I chose this FKT style this year as vs the supported thru hike because of Covid and both the PCTA and Guinness urging me to stay in-state and not go outside of completely unsupported events.  Out of respect for the trail towns and my community, I altered my original plans to this FKT attempt.  Additionally, the WA PCT Unsupported seems like an excellent challenge uniquely fitting my athletic qualifications.  Silver lining!

I will not resupply beyond native water sources, will not forage, will not receive any aid or "trail magic", and I will carry all my trash to the end.  I will be witnessed leaving the border by some friends including 15 time World Record holder Erden Eruc.  They will post some on social with my send off.  My husband and 4 kiddos will update my social under The Phoenix Running on both IG and Facebook. 

Diego Pazos on Alpine Pass Route /Via Alpina (Switzerland)
Not yet started

46.51022831674, 7.7717084

Athlete: Diego Pazos
Start date:
Style: Supported
Status: Not yet started
Tracker: Tracker