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Dang - this is the last big route I always intended to do myself! It's that good, that big of a prize. Justin Simoni finally accomplished it, then 19 days later Nick Pedatella and Ryan Smith crushed this huge route on the Continental Divide in Colorado."It seemed right on the edge of feasibility - that's what attracted us to it."Staying on the cres…
 
Thanks to PATH Projects for sponsoring this episode! Visit pathprojects.com "The World's Toughest Race" - probably is! After a 17 year absence, Bear Grylls brings back Eco-Challenge on steroids, with a massive budget and plenty of stories, all on a bigger and badder course. The 417 miles on Fiji, included all kinds of paddling, trekking, biking, ro…
 
What's new, cool, and coming? Find out on our 100th podcast, with the four people who keep track of what you do.Sign up for the FKT Newsletter here! Very good content, and unlike most newsletters, it's not all advertising. Every Monday.FKTs in the news:Five Thirty Eight documents the increase in FKT's with great graphics in, "Canceled Races Aren’t …
 
Courtney once ran 279 miles ... and received a "DNF"! Huh? How did that happen? "They ring a bell when it's time to start, and if you don't go right then, you're out. That's it.""It takes two to tango, two to keep the game going, to see what's possible."From choices of candy, to Bronchitis on the Colorado Trail, and the amazing world of Big's Backy…
 
She recently set an incredible unsupported FKT on the Wind River High Route - solo! We're talking with Jackson, Wyoming's Kelly Halpin, an artist and athlete who takes on huge challenges. Among her other notable FKTs is the Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup (WURL). This episode is supported by Athletic Brewing Company. Go to www.athleticbrewing.com to …
 
Damian is highly respected in the UK, and it's easy to see why: besides a 5th place at UTMB and numerous big FKTs, his team collected trash all along the Pennine Way while setting a new FKT. "I've been thinking about this Pennine Way for 4 years, but at 268 miles I was intimidated by it. And I could always say, 'Well, I have a race to prepare for, …
 
The Pennine Way is 268 miles long and one of the first National Trails in England. The FKT was held by Mike Hartley for 31 years until John broke it. Less than a week later, his friend Damian Hall broke it again! Both Mike and John in attendance at the finish - FKT action is really hot in the UK right now - will John have another go? I asked him - …
 
Seth is one of those 'fast guys'. On one of the legendary CU track teams. He ran a 1:06:50 Half Marathon - while running a full Marathon. Meanwhile, Seth set FKTs on many of the Colorado 14ers, from Longs Peak to Mount Elbert ... where he tied Anton Krupicka's 8 year old FKT ... to the second. The very next day, Ryan Phebus broke it by a mere 3 sec…
 
There are now 52 Routes in Sweden, 34 of which were established just in the last few months! Why?We like to challenge ourselves, and FKTs are a wonderful outlet. Our view is FKTs should be an ultra distance.Ultra indeed. Welcome to the country that invented ÖTILLÖ, which is "island hopping" by swimming to multiple islands, running across them, then…
 
Strava is everywhere! Quietly, not saying much, even though this company is fundamental in our recreational lives. But what goes on behind the curtain?Strava reminds me of Apple - the minimalist interface, the super clean look - and you don't spray, you let the products do the talking. We're focussed on what athletes need and want. We were able to …
 
On June 15 Joe "Stringbean" McConnaughy took an entire DAY off the previous best Unsupported time on the oldest long trail in the US, Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail. How did he do it?Daylight is an under-recognized factor ... I would run the entire day with sunlight, set up camp at 9pm, eat as much food as I could, pass out for 2 hours until 11pm, b…
 
Jason Hardrath and Ashly Winchester have notched 81 FKTs - 61 for Jason, and 20 for Ashly - in only the last two years."I'm not fast, but opportunistic, and will snag the women's FKT whenever possible.""I go back to what Peter Bakwin told me: FKTs are like art - you know it when you see it, and you know it when you don't."Their most recent FKT is t…
 
Tim Mills brings us news from across the pond, explaining the British FKT scene.Enjoying hearing from these great people? You won't hear any ads, there is just YOU - so we're suggesting a donation of $10 or more - please do it here:– https://www.patreon.com/fastestknowntime– https://fastestknowntime.com/support…
 
Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for Economy, discussed “Preventing the Great Fragmentation: Europe’s response to the COVID-19 economic shock” at a virtual event with the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) on June 4, 2020.By Peterson Institute for International Economics
 
Listen to me horribly mispronounce Bart's name, his kind correction, and then Bart explain the situation in Belgium:"Starting today, we have entered the 'Exit Strategy' in Belgium - groups of 20 can go for a run - but no competitions until at least 7/31."Western Europe has a VERY organized trail running scene - routes not only have their own webpag…
 
One of the best mountain runners in the world started as a Jiu Jitsu champion in Brazil. Visiting New Zealand in 2006, she got involved with Kiwi adventure multi-sports, then ran a Half-Marathon in the mountains - in the exact same time as her previous best, set on a flat paved course."My family were fighters. Then I discovered mountains."She's liv…
 
Fastestknowntime.com volunteer Craig Randall discusses with Buzz Burrell that this virus is not going away any time soon ... so what are we going to do about it?"We put our own country into a medically-induced coma ... I think it's time to revive the patient."The pandemic is certainly an enormous tragedy, which we fortunately took extreme action to…
 
There was something wrong with our statistics: during April, there were 31 FKTs ... just from Connecticut! What's up with that? Turns out 7 were from ONE person? Did Sarah Connor call the Terminator for help?"There are a lot of people out there doing more impressive things right now; I'm just doing a lot of smallish ones. It's been fun!"This is ins…
 
Marshall has been there, and been doing that for decades. His output, especially for the hugely long routes, is prodigious (think running across the US). "What I was doing was kicking back and having fun. Showing people you can do more"."Kicking back and having fun"? Running across Death Valley a total of 29 times doesn't strike me as that much fun…
 
Outdoor and running shops are closed! Which is bad for us - but how about for the world's leading brand in mountain footwear? What does it look like from behind the curtain?"It hurts. It's not easy right now. We hit the Pause button on our entire business in mid-March."Jonathan Lantz is President of La Sportiva North America. This is a 93 year old …
 
Karl was a mountain bike racer and working as a mountain guide on Kilimanjaro when his friends, noticing he was very fit, suggested he go for Kilian Jornet's FKT. He asked,"Who is that? What is an FKT?"Karl went up and back very fast - while wearing a bike jersey - and a new career was launched. That winter he prepared for Aconcagua, and heard Kili…
 
This is our most authentic podcast! We recorded this in-person, sitting outdoors, while maintaining a 7' physical distance - those birds you hear chirping in the background are real!And what could be more important to talk about right now? Exercising outdoors is the single best thing you can do for your physical, mental, and emotional health ... AN…
 
Tyler ran the Olympic Trials Marathon, then went to Nepal to hike and relax. Then the global pandemic broke out. So he decided he might as well try the FKT for the Everest Base Camp run."I was over there, all races were being cancelled back home, so decided I might as well do something."The fast road guy who had never run longer than 6 hours decide…
 
Everyone is disappointed that races were cancelled or postponed. What about the race directors themselves - this is how they make a living - what is their perspective?James Varner, Rainshadow Running:"We're known for our post-race parties as much as the running; it's one big happy family. That's all a big no-no right now with social distancing."Jus…
 
Everyone is talking about it so we should as well. But instead of more graphs of "How COVID-19 will spread," we will listen to authentic, personal reports from friends in Europe, the United States, and New Zealand. Each report is very different! We can learn from each other.Note: These conversations were recorded Monday afternoon, March 23, which i…
 
Amanda and Justin were in Kauai to run the Kalalau Trail and thought to check it out. Ill prepared for the humidity, Amanda nonetheless decided to go for the FKT, and succeeded. Justin accompanied her going out (so she is listed as Supported) but then then fell apart from the heat."We were all wondering, 'where's Justin'? He was two hours late gett…
 
Going lightweight saves a ton of energy, but how best to do that? Andrew Skurka was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and created monster routes, such as the Great Western Loop and Alaska-Yukon Expedition. He now runs a guiding business (when not racing Marathons), with 29 trips this year alone. Alan Dixon is an engineer and adventurer …
 
Ryan has been actively racing since 2006 - winning and doing well in 26 Ultra's - then announced for 2020 he will focus exclusively on FKTs:"I like racing, a lot. But this fall I asked myself what I really care to do the most. And that was easy. I love running in the wilderness. Alone in the biggest, best, and most wild mountains."Listen to Ryan re…
 
The Stoke Factor goes up a notch with Rea Kolbl and Trever Townsend in the room (or on the trail):“We just like to sign up for things we have no idea how to do, then figure it out!”Rea Kolbl was a competitive gymnast in her native Slovenia, then while earning a Masters Degree in Engineering at Stanford University, realized she could make more money…
 
The Longs Peak FKT stood for 33 years! The Grand Teton FKT for 29 years ... then Andy broke them both in the span of two weeks!"I'm a mediocre runner and a mediocre climber ... but not many people do both."Andy was Climbing Ranger at the Longs Peak Ranger Station (as was Chris Reveley, the previous FKT holder) so he has extremely valuable thoughts …
 
A resident of Keene, NY, Ryan is one of the guys trading fast times on the Presi and Adirondack Traverses. They get after it, yet it's all one big friendly community."The previous record-holder came out and helped, making sure I knew the best ways to go."His next project? 500 miles on fat bikes, unsupported, in winter, across Manitoba, on the "worl…
 
Brett came seemingly out of nowhere in 2009 when he set the coveted FKT on the John Muir Trail, going Unsupported 7 hrs faster than the Supported time."I think it took Barkley to convince some of the holdouts."He finished Barkley in 2011 and again in 2012, with what is still the fastest time (the course changes so there is never a "course record").…
 
Coauthors Tokhir Mirzoev and Andrea Pescatori of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) presented a new paper, “The Future of Oil and Fiscal Sustainability in the GCC Region,” by the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department on February 6, 2020, at the Peterson Institute for International EconBy Peterson Institute for International Economics
 
The Te Araroa is amazing: from the northern to southern tip of New Zealand, across the entire island (2 actually) nation! Lucy set the Female FKT, followed by George a mere 4 days later with the Male FKT, completely by coincidence. Lucy's tip for hiking 66 straight days?"Go shove a heap of food in your face, then go again."George met the previous F…
 
The four FKT principals discuss what specific gear really helped us all move faster, easier, and safer in the mountains and trails. Our thoughts might surprise you, and hopefully they will also help you."This product straddles being the best and being the worst!"We also discuss what did not work, and really interesting, what is coming next?“20 year…
 
We talk with the #2 and #1 Fastest Known Time of the Year winners! They tell their own stories, which are amazing listening."I consider myself a relatively normal person without any particularly special skills. I simply had an idea and dedicated myself to training to make it happen."(Find out what this person did - her definition of "normal" is ver…
 
Let's do this! The #5, #4, and #3 FKTOY for ladies and gents. And EVERY one of these Athletes is on air - 8 people total! Extremely interesting and inspirational - listen to these people in their own words."I have been chasing what makes me feel alive, what I see is possible, and what scares me...this FKT passion is about the experience, it is abou…
 
This year's FKTOY coverage is brought to you by the running apparel company, rabbit. Go to runinrabbit.com, enter FKT at checkout, and save 20% on your first order. Thanks for supporting the companies that support Fastest Known Times! Five women and five men will be awarded for the best FKTs in 2019. Who will they be? Peter Bakwin (Episode 65) and …
 
We created short selections from 7 of our best podcasts! Including our very first from September 2018. Each segment is only 3-11 minutes long.Ep. 1 - Tony Krupicka - Longs Peak Duathlon - "Sometimes being successful means just getting back to the car. Alive."Ep. 2 - Karel Sabbe - Appalachian Trail - "I start to hit my stride after 2,000 miles".Ep. …
 
630 FKTs this year (and more coming in every day) ... what's new and cool? "More women, and more women going solo on technical routes"There were no big efforts this year on the big routes, like the AT, PCT, R2R2R, JMT ... the existing times are too fast!"The low-hanging fruit has been plucked"Who will be the FKTOY winners? What do YOU think?READ th…
 
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