UTMB 100 seemed to take over most of our social media feeds with beautiful scenic shots and motivational stories of inspiration from about 2300 runners... Here in MPF land, many of our athletes chose to celebrate the Labor Day weekend in style. MPF RNR athlete Laura Kline battled a couple of issues on the UTMB CCC 100k course, but had a great time being present in her journey in the Alps. Lots of great coverage from iRunFar.com, click here.
Ben Nephew has been going back and forth chasing FKT’s this summer with Neil Clauson, Ben took Neils FKT on the Monroe Skyline Gap2Gap2Gap 20.8 miles with 6,565 ft of climbing on some of Vermont’s finest technical terrain. Jill Lizotte one of Coach Ben’s athletes, finished the Wapack 18 mile trail race in 4:33.
Ryan Welts challenged himself against the clock at the Last Man Standing Race which is a unique format of racing, pushing the runner to complete the same 4.2 mile loop over and over until you can’t or choose not to continue. Ryan completed 42 miles in 8:15.
If you haven't heard or had a chance to read about it, Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy, a well-known speed hiker, set a new record on the Appalachian Trail today. He hiked the 2,190-mile route in an unofficial fastest known time (FKT) of 45 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes. Read all about it on GEAR JUNKIE!
45d12d15m - a new self supported and overall Fastest Known Time record on the #appalachiantrail. Greetings from the top of Katahdin at 6:38pm where I was greeted by 70 mile winds, hail, rain, mist, endless boulder scrambles, @kekiracofe and @josh.katzman. After a 37 hour push, i managed 110.8 miles straight to do what I had to do, more than I have run at once by almost 50 miles. I honestly don't know what to say. I'm am in shock and pain, joyful and thankful, humbled and tired, in disbelief and exhilaration. I will be forever perplexed and appreciative of what the wilderness brings out in myself and others. I hope anyone watching is at least inspired to become more involved in the outdoors. Every day has been a battle, but I am very thankful to be safe and have accomplished my dream ever since the PCT. I've had a lot of time in my own thoughts, and what I took away most from this journey is community. It is the people you love and who surround you who provide the greatest joy. It really took a village. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to my lovely girlfriend, Katie, my parents and the Katzmans who came to the start/finish, friends and family who I have HEAVILY leaned on, hikers, trail angels and the trail community who have given me everything from sloppy Joe's to an extra set of batteries to allow me to run through the night, @anishhikes and @meltzerkarl for pushing the FKT record, @efnorthamerica and @efcollegebreak for being an awesome company and letting me take time off work to pursue my dreams, to @heartbreakrunco, @brooksrunning, @palantepacks, @mountainlaureldesigns, and @cieleathletics to help me get here, and everyone who has followed or watched or commented. I've been brought to tears and laughter even though I may have never met you. Thank you all, Stringbean out. OOHYEAH!
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