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#3 Female: Anna TroupFKT: Pennine Way (UK)Time: 3d 00h 46m 37sNotes: The premier long trail in the UK is also very competitive; 8 hrs quicker than her own FKT set 2 weeks earlierAthlete Comments: "It was typical English weather, which means it rained most of the time.”"The classic style in the UK is full Support, partially because we've been doing …
 
#5 Female: Addie Bracy and Corey ConnerFKT: Grand Canyon R2R2R (AZ)Time: 08h 06m 41sNotes: Unsupported quick double crossing of the Grand Canyon; a Premier Route.Athlete Comments: "Corey) "This was the longest run of my life by 3 hours! I was so scared my teeth were chattering. I may have over-compensated, because I ate and drank so much at the beg…
 
46 people from around the world have been Nominated for the Fastest Known Time Of the Year award! Wow. Let's talk about it with Hillary."Can you believe this guy? He not only did the 58 Colorado fourteeners, but he walked the entire distance between them, with no support!""I really like what Kelly is doing - she ran Gannet Peak by herself, which is…
 
We catch up with the "indomitable force" for a quick introduction to the upcoming Fastest Known Time Of the Year award, and more."This is my favorite time of the year! We get to discuss all the cool FKTs."But first, we delve into the wonderful world of gravel-bike racing. Many runners got into SkiMo, which we've discussed here, but now the new cros…
 
Our Co-Founder and our Director of Community Partnerships gives us the scoop - - -PB: "Races are resuming so FKTs are coming in at a more manageable rate. The UK has a very strong tradition so a lot of action there, including in winter. Australia is active as well."AM: "It's been an amazing year! We forget that Rob Krar and Mike Foote did R2R2R.alt…
 
Allie "Mac" McLaughlin flies down the trails (USATF Trail Marathon Champion 2 years in a row) and in the air (300 skydiving jumps). And did we mention riding dirt bikes?"It was super technical. So I revved the engine, closed my eyes, and took off.""I've gotten hurt way more times from running than from sky diving."At the Moab Trail Marathon in Nove…
 
John lives in Australia, where the whole country is sports-mad, the runners are fast, the routes long ... and it's now summer."Normally it's starting to get hot, 40 degrees, but it's a La Nina year so it's raining now and the conditions are still good."He's been exploring the tricky canyons of the Blue Mountains, which are very different. His recen…
 
Gary Cantrell, aka Lazarus Lake, (or is it the other way around?) could be the most creative person in the entire sport. That is a low bar, but possibly by accident he has single-handily changed ultrarunning forever. The Barkley Marathons is an iconic, world-renowned event, and the subject of two films, even though only 40 people enter, there is no…
 
Jack is a Regional Editor for fastestknowntime.com - he volunteers his time to process your FKT submissions.And he is young, fast, knowledgable, and passionate. Don't miss this view of our sport from behind the curtain!"I think the FKT scene is where the elite runners should be. Races are fine, but the courses are not - we can't get permits to hold…
 
"I'm a mom to three teenagers and on the verge of turning 50. The fastest I normally travel is in my mini-van shuttling kids around town. Achieving an FKT as an amateur middle-aged athlete with minimal time to train was a huge stretch of my comfort zone. So adding my name to this roster was one of my proudest and most rewarding moments."Boom! Isn't…
 
This is a re-airing of our November 15, 2019 episode exploring the relationship between speed and safety. What is the boundary and how do you know when you're hitting it? Ultrarunners have the fitness to get really far into the backcountry, but do they have the skill and experience to get back safely?"People are drawn to these routes, because they'…
 
On October 18, Drew ran back and forth across the Grand Canyon 4 times (R2R2R2R2R). It was his third try, so he learned some things! Which he shares with you ..."They start turning off the water when the weather gets cold. So there's a narrow window when most people try this. I did the first R2R2R at night, so the warm sun made starting the second …
 
We finish our 3-2-1 countdown interviews from the Men's podium of the US Mountain Running Championships with the winner, Joe Gray. Joe is one of the best mountain/trail runners in history. He is very articulate and insightful, and is extremely well respected by other runners, while some casual runners may not have heard of him. How can that be? Let…
 
We are counting down the podium from the US Mountain Running Championships! Last week: Joe Demoor, #3. This week: Max King, #2. (Stay tuned for next week!)Max runs everything ... does he have the widest range of any runner ever? He was the World Mountain Running Champion, which is a steep hammerfest of only 12km, then 3 years later became the World…
 
When asked if he wanted to be a guest on the podcast, Joe wrote back,"I realize this will be a bit about talking about myself, which I have to admit is one of my least favorite activities."Right on! Joe is the kind of person we especially like talking with. Called the "quiet crusher" by some friends, Joe is a classic mountain person: he works hard,…
 
Welcome back to a classic episode of the Fastest Known Podcast. That’s right, this week we are re-airing our August 15th, 2020 interview with Kelly Halpin who had just completed the Wind River High Route, solo and unsupported. The route is about 97 miles with 30,000 feet of vertical gain. Her standard point to point route FKT still stands over a ye…
 
This is a 42 day thru-hike with almost 300,000 feet of elevation gain, summiting all 58 Colorado 14ers ... entirely self-supported, solo, never getting into a car ... how did he do that?!"For the 3 months leading up, I did more pre-planning on this than my work.""I didn't publicize this in advance. You have to Walk the Walk before you Talk the Talk…
 
Bethany wrote to us: "One year ago, Katlin Rhodes and I came together and became the first women to complete the 46 unsupported thru-hike. That summer was my first with Strava and a GPS watch. She and I have learned a lot in one year and have combined for 23 FKTS, going after some big and small. From the thru-hike, I began ambassador work with SheJ…
 
Scott is the best US Male Ultra Runner ever. That may change, but for now, no one can match 7 consecutive wins at the WS100 plus wins at other marquee events.He set the S-N FKT on the fabled Appalachian Trail in 2015, with a desperate effort at the end, eclipsing Jennifer Pharr Davis' time by 3hrs 13mins. The next year Scott's friend Karl Meltzer l…
 
This year, hundreds of square miles in the western US has been on fire, resulting in terrible air quality which often has exceeded EPA guidelines. Dr Kevin Shilling is a long time ultrarunner, was 10th at the HR100 this year, and is a pulmonary physician based in Salt Lake City. So we ask him an important question:When does air pollution get so bad…
 
It's a great time to re-air our 2020 interview with Courtney Dauwalter who - only 1 week ago - won her second consecutive Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc title, setting a new women's course record in the process. On top of all that she was the 7th finisher overall.During 2020 when UTMB was canceled, Courtney turned her attention to setting an FKT on the …
 
"Mediocre"? I don't think so!Zack has done 7 ultra races and won all of them. And he's from Kentucky, proud of it, and why maybe you haven't heard of him."I like the east. It's green. I'd like to try some things out west, but I'm happy here."Zack graduated in 2017 with a double degree, went to work ... and quit 3 days later."Running is what I love.…
 
Riding and Running on trails is more connected than you know! The Western States 100 originally was a horse race, not a running race. And this year Susie Kramer did both, with one of the fastest combined times ever. With a broken toe, after her horse stepped on it."I guess some scar tissue had formed, so the pain wasn't too bad."Yeah, endurance hor…
 
89 FKTs is a lot! And 51 of them have been in 2021, including sometimes 2 in one day. I presume this is intentional?"I used to race more, but the pandemic caused me to focus on where I live. And we have a huge history here - some of these routes go back hundreds of years.""It's always about the journey, not the goal. But FKTs are great - this has p…
 
Wow - a new running shoe company! That's gotta be hard - why are these two men doing it?"We've been designing shoes for 25 years for other company's. There was always a compromise. We wanted to build a shoe that was the absolute best - no compromise.""We're always told what the price has to be, and then worked backward from there - we wanted to sta…
 
He's done it again! After 5 YEARS of planning, Andrew climbed the hundred highest summits in Colorado in a huge non-stop effort of 22 days. And established two new Routes and FKTs within that effort along the way. And he claims he's not that fit ..."I don't know what it is about me; I can just suffer and keep going."No argument there! He tells grea…
 
There are 490 FKT Routes in the UK - get the insider scoop on them - Our two Regional Editors from the UK tell us what is new and cool, and then walk us through some classic FKT routes."1,051 FKTs have been reviewed and Approved in the UK in the last 12 months - that's 3 per day - it's been really busy!"These are all really long, super hard efforts…
 
The 2021 Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run starts today. Two days before the run an important meeting took place where the event announced a new policy to increase women’s participation.Starting in 2022, the percent of women’s entrants will be no less than the percent of women’s lottery applicants. Darcy Piceu who won the the race three times (20…
 
You need to hear this inspiring story! Jim Mann, a top ultrarunner from Scotland, had this brilliant idea: ask race directors to give runners the option of having a tree planted in their name instead of being given still another t-shirt that won't get used."The reason for starting this was 2 fold - I had loads of race t-shirts and kept getting more…
 
Coree rose to prominence after his 21 day FKT on the Ice Age Trail, exactly one year ago. Before that he was seen rockin' a Speedo on the 10-part "World's Toughest Race" show on Amazon Prime (a great series). Coree has fun, and he has style. This is a very fun conversation with an intelligent and unique person - don't miss his captivating thoughts!…
 
The Boundary Waters is 1.1 million acres of incredible glaciated terrain way up in northern Minnesota on the Canada border, and yet is the most-visited Wilderness Area in the United States. Because it is so good. Even if YOU have never been there!"Boundary Waters is as remote as it gets. Alex had everything dialed - those people are hard-core canoi…
 
“The animals never forget who we are because they see us every day in their world,” added Angelo. “The best way to remind ourselves who we are and where we belong is to go out into the world and have relationships with our relatives.”Angelo Baca is a Navajo and Hopi filmmaker, and a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at NYU. A graduate of …
 
Dave is old school: extremely nice and will never talk about himself ... but don't enter a race that he is in, because you will probably get beat by a guy with one leg. How would you feel about that? (He feels fine.)On May 22, 2015, during a casual run above Boulder, Dave stepped on a large boulder which rolled 30' downhill, landing on top of his l…
 
Co-Host Hillary Allen asks Jason the obvious question, "Why go for 100 FKTs?""It's been a wild journey; in the works for two, going on three years. I had a wild 2020; I did 60 FKTs last year.""The game gets harder the more you play it. I had to learn new skills, get more creative, become better."How do you find the time to do all this?"If you know …
 
Many climbers and hikers visit Indian Creek and the Needles District of Canyonlands NP each year; they run a trail for 10 miles, or climb a couple of 200 foot routes, then leave, feeling pretty good about their accomplishment. Heidi has been everywhere on 350,000 acres for 56 years, winter and summer. She knows every spring, every route, and countl…
 
Hillary Allen speaks with Kelly Newlon of Real Athlete Diets: "Delicious, performance orientated food for active people"! On June 1 Timothy Olson will start his attempt on Pacific Crest Trail, and Kelly will be there as part of his crew. For 52 days. What will that be like? How can diet support a huge effort like this?“I reach out to a Registered D…
 
The PCT is one of our 10 Premier Routes for good reasons! It is 2,597 miles long, with 420,880' of vert, passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks ... and is competitive. And Timothy has been a top ultrarunner, with two wins at the Western States 100 including a Course Record. Game on!"When you have an opportunity like this, you take …
 
GOOD TIMING!This podcast was recorded on April 26; when asked "What is next", Dylan divulges he's going for an (undisclosed) FKT "This coming weekend" ...But first, Co-Host Hillary Allen asks D-Bo about his FKT on the Wonderland Trail last year."I fell into a pandemic funk, too many IPA's, so needed a goal. We had just moved to Portland Oregon, a c…
 
Hillary is a podcast host (this one and two others), North Face athlete, gravel bike racer, scientist, and now a book author - this is a good conversation!"I don't recommend falling off a 150' cliff, but everyone has a place where they can grow."Hillary almost died while running the Tromsø Skyrace in Norway in 2017. It was a hard road back. She lea…
 
Co-Host Hillary Allen discusses bike-packing with two of the best, as they explain the style of these races, which is informative to hikers and runners.The ethos for all bike-packing races is Self-Supported."Generally the consensus is you are carrying your own food and water, you are not caching; the point is you can buy or obtain anything along th…
 
The FKT scene in New England has always been very competitive - rather than inventing obscure new route they go faster on the existing lines. The Presidential Traverse is the marquee route - new fastest times often are better than the previous by less than 2 minutes!"People now will train specifically for a route, then do a full taper; the FKT is t…
 
Ryan Ignatz is an expert on electrolyte replacement and hydration, and can perform a Sweat Test to determine the exact amount of Sodium YOU lose when exercising. Everyone is very different so this is important! He tested me - what was the result??"You lose 1,453mg of Sodium per liter of sweat. You are a very salty sweater."I rarely supplement my fl…
 
There are a million newsletters out there, and Semi-rad.com is the only one I subscribe to. Why? Because Brendan illustrates (literally) how runners actually feel and think - and laugh!"Pizza is a better invention than the Internet."He wrote and produced an excellent video, which has received over 5 millions views because it was real, called "How T…
 
Co-host Hillary Allen asks,"You set an FKT just two days ago - what FKT did you crush this weekend?"Tyler quickly answers,"It crushed me! I've been wanting to do the Lost Coast Trail for years, and finally did it."The Lost Coast is called that for a reason - located in a state with a population of 40 million, one runs along a deserted beach (be sur…
 
Joe McConaughy and Coree Woltering independently decided to try for an FKT on the Arizona Trail. Our Social Media Coordinator Allison Mercer heard about this, contacted them, with the result being Joe and Coree decided to start at the same place at the same time ... and see who makes it from the Mexican border to Utah first! "I think we'll have dif…
 
"Super fast" describes Brittany - she ran a 2:33 at the Olympic Trials Marathon for 13th place - but she had never set foot on a trail. Since then she won the Pikes Peak Marathon and last month set the Course Record at Moab Red Hot."I had this stigma about trail runners in my head, like they all were burly with beards. And there were wild animals o…
 
One of best known ultrarunners of his generation definitely has not stopped going big and going long ... he now does it across four different sports. Running, climbing, skiing, and cycling (but no hiking!) "I never thought or said, 'I'm not a runner anymore'; the space just opened up to do these other sports I'd always been interested in."Once know…
 
Roman Dial has done things you never imagined. Do you aspire to do a 100 mile trail race? He's never done one - instead he invented races that make 100's look like a 10k in Central Park."Three of us decided to see how far one could go completely Unsupported. I ended up hiking 625 miles across Alaska in 25 days. All food and gear with me start to fi…
 
Dr. Teddy Bross has finished seven 100 mile races (and 12 of the Nolan's 14 summits :-), and is a physician. Host Hillary Allen asks him for his best advice to manage your long projects in the winter."The R2R2R.alt is probably too short a swim to develop hypothermia, but is a perfect scenario for 'cold shock'."Teddy confirms Rob Krar's theory (prev…
 
What's it like to run long and hard, as a couple? Is it easier or harder; more fun or a struggle?Host Hillary Allen speaks with Brittany Peterson and Cody Lind, who as a team set a big FKT on the Superior Hiking Trail last year, bettering the previous Male time by 18 hours and the Female by over 2 days."Western States will be interesting - she'd li…
 
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