Karl Meltzer Sets New Appalachian Trail Record
Following two failed attempts in eight years, Karl Meltzer claimed the coveted Appalachian Trail Speed Record as his own in September, having negotiated the 2,190-mile trail in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes. (Thru-hikers take about six months to complete the AT.) Meltzer averaged 47 miles a day, on terrain that the previous record holder, ultrarunner Scott Jurek, called "a burly mother unlike any other trail I've ever experienced." The AT is notorious for technical, hilly terrain where roots, rocks, and mud are the rule rather than the exception. Meltzer kept his energy levels (and spirits) high with an anything-goes diet that included candy bars, cookies, donuts, and "as much meat as I could."
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