Scott Jurek is attempting to break what runners call the "FKT" for running the Appalachian Trail. In that sense, FKT means "fastest known time."
Purists will tell you that the FKT for a supported thru-hike on the AT is attributed to Jennifer Pharr Davis, a very nice lady who doesn't seem to live for such things, no matter how adventurous she might be.
Purists will also tell you that Jennifer didn't run the AT, she just got up early and hiked late into the evening, really fast. For 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes.
I will tell you that, in my dang book, that's close enough to running to win a Snickers.
It might not be your dream to run the length of the AT. That's OK. My neighbor, Frasier Fir, section hikes whenever he can. Some folks go SoBo. Others flip-flop. Bunches go NoBo from Joja.
Many people who express their thoughts and/or feelings in online forums refer to Scott as a jerk (or worse) and attribute ridiculously negative motivations to him for choosing to make this gargantuan effort.
Why he chooses to attempt such a feat is his business. How is his business. It's all his business. I'm thankful that he keeps us up to date on how he's doing. For whatever reasons he chooses.
Thanks to Delorme.com, we can find Scott's current position online by clicking here.
If you have a copy of David "Awol" Miller's 2015 edition of The A.T. Guide, it's pretty easy to plot Scott's latest position. Fun too.
More than 17 hours ... and fewer than 30 miles or so?
I think he'll make it.
We'll know tomorrow!
In 2011, Jenn Davis set the FKT at 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes.
Scott hit the Trail on May 27th at 5:56 AM. He is now into his 45th day on the Trail. To beat Jenn's time, Scott must survive and summit Katahdin before 5:15 PM on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
If he doesn't, he's going to come much closer than you or I ever will.
One thing is certain, if he succeeds, Scott's wife, Jenny, deserves a heaping helping of whatever honor is bestowed upon the man who could not have made it without his wife's help.
Blessings to them both.
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