What was the coolest Fastest Known Time of 2016??
We compiled a list of nominees, recruited 21 experienced people to figure it all out, they voted, and the results are in! Results with more info are also up at Ultrarunning.com, and all award photos are courtesy Ultrarunning Magazine.
Appropriately, there was no run-away winner – instead, the voting was close, as the voters valued different traits and qualities. Their comments were as perceptive and interesting as the FKT’s were amazing and laudable, so let’s see what runners did and also what the voters thought – – –
#5 Joelle Vaught – Trans Zion, May 20
This sweet set of trails totals 48 miles crossing beautiful Zion National Park, border to border. Joelle’s time of 8:26:09 bettered that of Krissy Moehl as well as Bethany Lewis before her.
“Great time on a classic route, but only 6 minutes faster than previous FKT.”
“She put down a solid time besting Krissy’s stout time, and made my final vote because this route is more competitive than many others.”
“Joelle and Gina (Mt. Whitney FKT) did marvelously speedy routes on treasured paths, but those are too short to reward as the top picks.”
#4 Sue Johnston – 4,000ers Calendar Grid, January 1–December 26