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Scott Jurek Sets Sights On A.T. Speed Record

The ultrarunner will attempt to complete Appalachian Trail in just 44 days.

The Appalachian Trail is many things to many people. Some people start the 2,180-mile thru-hike just hoping to finish it. Ultrarunner Scott Jurek intends to complete it faster than anyone ever has before. 

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Jurek began his A.T. quest on May 27 and is hoping to complete the trail in a mere 44 days. To do so, he will need to average nearly 50 miles a day (350 miles a week) for six weeks.

The current A.T. thru-hike record-holder is Jennifer Pharr-Davis, who completed the Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes in 2011. Davis averaged about 47 miles a day.

Jurek’s ultra-marathoning resume is already impressive. He is a seven-time winner of the Western States 100, two-time Badwater 135 Mile Ultramarathon champion, and the former American record holder of the 24-hour distance.

Jurek will be supported with supplies along the way so that he won’t need to carry a full pack.

Read more: Asheville Citizen Times