(July 18th 2015): Scott Jurek has done it! The record is his.
Image by Scott Jurek.
He said he’d do it, but now it’s official: against all odds the top time on that grueling trail has got his name to it.
Here’s some snippets from the article by Kitt Fox. CBS News Video a bit further down!
At 2:03 p.m. ET on Sunday, ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek crested the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine, becoming the fastest person to finish a supported thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. He completed the 2,189-mile journey in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes, breaking the previous record by just more than three hours.
Jurek started the attempt at the trail’s southern terminus, Springer Mountain in Georgia, on May 27 at 5:56 a.m. He averaged nearly 50 miles a day, crossing 14 states, and traversing 515,000 feet of elevation change.
The Appalachian Trail record caps one of the most decorated ultramarathoning careers in history. Jurek’s resume includes wins in nearly every prestigious ultra race in the country. Among them: seven consecutive Western States Endurance Runs, two Badwater Ultramarathons, the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance run, and a runner-up finish in the Leadville Trail 100.
At the outset, Jurek planned to set the record in 42 days. But as the clock ticked closer to 5:15 p.m. Sunday—his deadline to beat the record time—it became less certain he would make it.
In the first week, a sore quad and knee forced him to slow off pace by more than 50 miles. Despite gaining distance back in Pennsylvania, Jurek passed through Vermont during one of the state’s wettest months in history. His final push through Maine is considered the toughest and most remote section of the trail.
With mere hours to spare, Jurek summited Mount Katahdin accompanied by his wife, Jenny, who crewed him the entire trip. By reaching the sign at the peak, he claimed the four-year-old record, set by hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011.
Watch him on CBS – there’s some really impressive footage of him on the Appalachian.
Featured image:ILLUSTRATION BY DAN FUEHRER
Full article found here.