Scott Jurek Breaks Appalachian Trail FKT

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Legendary ultrarunner Scott Jurek has completed his “masterpiece”. After 46 days, 8 hours, 7 minutes Scott emerged from the One Hundred Mile Wilderness, and took his final step on the Appalachian Trail, arriving at the northern terminus at Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Ultimate Direction joins the rest of the followers of Scott’s remarkable journey in sending him a huge congratulations! Scott’s efforts and resilience were matched by his wife and crew Jenny who worked tirelessly to ensure his success.

 

Scott tops out Mt. Katahdin, just miles from the end of his journey.

Scott tops out Mt. Katahdin, just miles from the end of his journey. Photo: Luis Escobar

Scott tests out a new UD prototype vest as he approaches Mt. Katahdin. His imput will help develop the vest, which will have new features and technology.

Scott tests out a new UD prototype vest as he approaches Mt. Katahdin. His imput will help develop the vest, which will have new features and technology.

 

In recent days Scott tackled the northern states of the AT, considered by some to be the most difficult ones to traverse due to its increasingly technical, rocky terrain, and limited crew access stops. Vermont is known to be exceptionally rainy, and in fact, this year was the rainiest year in Vermont in the past 130 years. Weather, fatigue, technical terrain, and few hours of sleep were obstacles that left Scott with little room for error. Still, he remained on track for the record as he battled through these difficulties.

Photo: Luis Escobar Scott sits down for a meal. Despite eating copious amounts of calories, he has shed weight, which is nearly inevitable for most through hikers.

Photo: Luis Escobar
Scott sits down for a meal alongside his wife and crew Jenny.

Scott made it through the presidential range with little trouble, stating that “the temperature was perfect, and it did not disappoint”. Scott fought his way up and over Mount Washington at 6,288ft before descending his way into Maine. Maine, the final state, greeted Scott with the Hundred Mile Wilderness, which is debateably the toughest section of the AT. The Hundred Mile Wilderness is offers extremely limited crewing access along the AT, with no official roadways leading to the trail.

The 100 Mile Wilderness sign warns of the difficulties ahead.

The 100 Mile Wilderness sign warns of the difficulties ahead.

Again Scott, our sincerest CONGRATS!!

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9 thoughts on “Scott Jurek Breaks Appalachian Trail FKT

  1. Great photos! PS – Your blog is not accurate. His time was not 46 + 11 hours – it was 8 hours.

  2. What an awesome achievement. Congratulations to both you and your wife. For those of us who attempt such feats we all realize how important our support crew is in helping us achieve our dream. Your legendary status in the trail running/hiking community is now completed with an exclamation point.

  3. This will continue to inspire me to lace up and run when I’m feeling lazy. For years to come, I’m sure!

  4. Scott, your perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is astounding! And as they say ……. “behind every great man is a great woman”. Congratulations to Scott and Jenny on the successful conclusion of your odyssey and the completion of your “masterpiece”. Also wishing you all the joy and success you both deserve in all aspects of your life into the future.

  5. Truly an incredible achievement. Scott as a meat-free and vegan athlete you
    are an inspiration to us all — runners and non-runners alike. Please share some of the foods and recipes that fueled your unprecedented adventure.

    Best of luck in all your future endeavors,
    John and Sarah Elliott
    Three Rivers, California

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