UD athlete Scott Jurek continues his mission of breaking the FKT on the Appalachian Trail. Averaging over 50 miles per day, Scott is advancing ahead of record pace to the northern terminus of the AT at Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
Scott reaches the state of Connecticut.
Last week, Scott passed through Connecticut and Massachusetts. He passed over the highest point in Massachusetts on June 28th, Mt. Greylock, at 3491’. He is now about to reach Vermont. The Vermont sections of the AT are known to be very muddy this time of year.
Scott and Jenny run across a bridge in Massachusetts.
Scott gives an abundance of credit to his wife, Jenny, as well as his crew who are taking care of him, in reality, for 24 hours a day. Between food, logistics, aid, media, and administrative work, Jenny and the crew are doing an equivalent volume of work compared to Scott. There are running clothes to be washed and Body Bottles to be filled. They are awake before he is, and asleep after him. They work in rain and shine, night and day, ensuring that the journey moves as flawlessly as possible.
A sunset from Bear Mountain Road in Massachusetts.
The weather during his approach to Vermont has been typical; lots of rain and storms. Scott had to navigate downed trees due to a severe thunderstorm earlier this week. These obstacles were accompanied by the occasional porcupine sighting.
Scott battles through the storms on his way to Vermont.
Nonetheless, Scott’s persistence is carrying him forward to Katahdin, and we can’t wait to see the result of his relentless hard work. Be sure to keep up with the latest updates and news on Scott’s Facebook page.
-The UD Team