Runner Smashes Pacific Crest Trail Speed Record

Published Aug 18, 2014

Joe "String Bean" McConaughy ~ Photo from

Joe "String Bean" McConaughy ~ Photo from

Joe "String Bean" McConaughy is the new record holder for the fastest supported hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) after completing his trek on Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Three friends met with Joe almost daily to bring him food and camping gear that allowed the runner to carry other essentials in an ultralight pack.

String Bean, a 23-year-old runner from Seattle, walked, hiked and ran the 2,660 length of the PCT - which stretches from Mexico to Canada along America's West Coast - in 53 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes, according to

Joe dedicated his hike to Colin McConaughy, who passed away on January 12, 2012, at two-years of age, following a battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Joe says, "My run on the Pacific Crest Trail is in honor of Colin and his family. I want his family to know that Colin is not forgotten, and that their struggle is still fresh in the minds of many friends and family. I hope that the money raised through a CancerCare can make a significant impact in the countless lives of families and loved ones who have been effected by cancer."

Averaging more than 50 miles a day for 53 days - with or without support - is an almost unbelievable accomplishment, even if someone were running on a track. To do so over the hundreds of mountains that line the PCT is stunning. To break the previous record by six days makes String Bean's feat even more incredible. Joe's original goal was to maintain a 45-mile-per-day pace.

As of August 18th, String Bean's goal raising $30,000 for was exceeded by $896. That amount increases daily.

We commend Joe "String Bean" McConaughy for his sacrificial journey in honor of Colin.

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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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