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TAMING THE TRAIL

WHEN ARGUABLY THE GREATEST ULTRARUNNER EVER DESCRIBES THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL AS THE BIGGEST RUNNING CHALLENGE HE’S ENCOUNTERED, YOU KNOW THIS WAS NO WALK IN THE PARK

APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Alifelong dream that he’d dubbed his “masterpiece”, the rugged 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail (AT) was unchartered territory even for an accomplished ultrarunner of Scott Jurek’s pedigree.

Dominating prestigious, elite trail and road events over two decades, Jurek has seven times reigned supreme in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and is respected further for successes at Colorado’s Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run, Death Valley’s Badwater 135 Ultramarathon and the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece. But such an impressive CV could only prepare the American so far when entering the unforgiving Green Tunnel labyrinth.

46 DAYS, 8 HOURS, 7 MINUTES

One of America’s most treasured National Scenic Trails, the Appalachian Trail covers almost the entire length of the United States: from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine.

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