The Speedgoat Did It: New Appalachian Trail FKT

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With this tweet ultra running legend Karl Meltzer aka the Speedgoat let the online community know of his latest achievement. The 48-year old Meltzer is known in the ultra running community as one of the best 100 mile runners winning such events 38 times. This was his third attempt to beat the fastest known time of the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail in northwestern part of the USA. After 54 days on his first attempt and a drop in his second he was now able to beat the old record mark my Scott Jurek from last year by about 10 hours. Karl Meltzer managed to average 47 miles a day partly on very technical trails.

One of the great things about the two fastest runners of this trail, Jurek and Meltzer, is that they supported each other. Meltzer helped Jurek achieve his record last year and now Jurek returned the favor helping out Meltzer. That proofs that it’s not all about records and being number one but share common experiences and help each other out.

Now the Speedgoat will take some rest and celebrate his record with a beer or two 🙂

Happy running
mikula

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