There was quite a bit of debate around here about whether Scott Jurek, ultrarunning legend, could take Jenn Pharr Davis’ Appalachian Trail record for the fastest known time for a supported thru-hiker(runner?), but on Sunday, he did it. Jurek’s new record is 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes. Congrats Scott!
Karl Meltzer, who’s tried for the record in the past, hopes to get out there again next summer, so the title could be short-lived. Pharr Davis’ record stood for about 4 years, from July 31, 2011 until July 12, 2015. She completed the trail in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, and wrote a book about the trip, supported by her husband Brew.
We’ve been lucky enough to get Pharr Davis in our stores here in Chattanooga several times, including one hike where we tried out the Salomon Synapse shoe she helped design for fast hiking. Hear a bit more from here in this video: