Ultimate Direction Ambassador Karel Sabbe today has set a new supported fastest known time (FKT) on the Appalachian Trail, breaking Scott Jurek and Karl Meltzer’s by 5 and 4 days, respectively. After sleeping about 100 miles from the finish on the night of August 26, 2018 Karel ran all day on the 27th and through the night to complete his AT FKT about 2pm on August 28th in 41 days, 7 hours 39 minutes.
In homage to his idol, Karel wore the Jurek North Vest during this historic run. He also used UD Fastpacks and the Signature Series 4.0 Adventure, Mountain and Ultra Vests.
Karel now holds the FKT for the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail simultaneously. The women’s self-supported PCT and AT simultaneous record belongs to another UD ambassador, Heather “Anish” Anderson.
To see Karel’s splits and compare his time to unsupported FKT holder Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy’s performance, visit the website fastestknowntime.com.
Stringbean set the FKT of 45 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes on the Appalachian Trail in 2017.
Been following his runs on Strava, I have really enjoyed seeing those epic runs uploaded every few days. Congratulations Karel!!!
41 days, 7 hours 39 minutes. Over 4 DAYS better than previous!!
This guy needs a support team that doesn’t wake people up in the middle of the night and demand things from them because they are unprepared and less than 3 miles from a road. It would be great if UD supported athletes that didn’t act like entitled dicks in attempting these record hikes.
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