Boston College Grad Smashes AT Speed Record - Backpacker

Boston College Grad Smashes AT Speed Record

Joe McConaughy, a former cross-country runner known as Stringbean, finished the trail with a 37-hour push.
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AT trail sign in Maine

Appalachian Trail sign near the terminus in Maine. McConaughy pushed for 37 hours straight to finish his record AT run.

“That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” According to the Boston Globe, that's what Boston College graduate Joe McConaughy said upon setting a new unsupported speed record for the Appalachian Trail (45 days, 12 hours, and 15 minutes—about 48 miles, and 10,000 calories, a day). It was a full nine days faster than the last record, set in 2015.

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