Scott Jurek Cancels Appalachian Trail FKT Assist

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The Appalachian Trail Fastest Known Time attempt by Scott Jurek was called off after just one week on the trail.

A quad issue similar to the one that plagued him in 2015 developed about four days into his run. He was unable to walk through his injury like he was able to do 6 years ago.

In July, the trail runner from Boulder, Colorado, announced his plan to run the Appalachian Trail for a record time. During his speed attempt in 2015, thru-hikers gave him the trail name “Webwalker”, a tradition on the AT.

By late Tuesday, Jurek, 47, had already traveled more than a thousand miles and been on the trail for seven days. His goal was to complete the 2,193-mile trail from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia, in 40 days or fewer.

In addition, it would have been six days faster than his current AT personal record, which he set in 2016, and it would have surpassed the fast Known Time set by Utah ultrarunner Karl Meltzer in 2016. Jurek set the northbound supported FKT (46 hours, 6 hours, 7 minutes) six years ago, but Belgian ultrarunner Karel Sabbe lowered it by five days (41 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes) with an amazing effort in 2018.

Jurek said via social media this week: “I haven’t forgotten suffering, but sometimes I find it necessary to travel back to hard places and to face difficult situations.” “There is much more to learn, and I still have more to give.”

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