Scott Jurek, legendary ultra runner and Ultimate Direction-sponsored athlete, is on his way to setting a new world record for a supported thru-hike of the 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail. The current record, set by Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011, stands at 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. Jurek is on track to finish in just 42 days.
Starting at Springer Mountain in Georgia on May 27, Jurek passed the trail’s halfway marker on June 18. Crossing through New York and into Connecticut on June 25, he now has fewer than 800 miles to go. Far from over, AT thru-hikes become particularly brutal in New Hampshire and Maine where the terrain becomes rougher and steeper than in the more southerly states.
“If anyone can can pull this off, it’s Scott,” said Buzz Burrell, Ultimate Direction Brand Manager. “He is an incredibly talented athlete with a legendary list of running accomplishments, including seven consecutive Western States Endurance Run wins and two Badwater Ultramarathon wins. We are very excited to have him on our athlete team and cheer him on during this epic undertaking.”
Scott’s wife, Jenny Jurek, is supporting this world record attempt, helping to keep Scott fueled, supplied, and motivated along the way. Jenny’s support allows Scott to travel light, an essential component in a successful attempt.
Follow his updates on Instagram and at Runner’s World http://www.runnersworld.com/trail-racing/where-is-scott-jurek-on-the-appalachian-trail
Appalachian Trail Day 33: A storm greeted me last night and sent me off this morning at the top of Mt Greylock (3491′) the highest point in Massachusetts. Strong winds blew several trees down on the trail and I saw a large porcupine under one of them. Hoping this weather doesn’t hang around too long as I head into Vermont, or as the local hikers say, “Vermud.” #SJAT15 #GeorgiaToMaine #EatAndRun