Jurek Runs From Georgia to Maine in New Appalachian Trail Record

Scott Jurek
Scott Jurek, front, runs along part of the Appalachian Trail in Catawba, Virginia on June 11. Photographer: John Roark/The Roanoke Times via AP Photos

Scott Jurek sprayed champagne as he summited Maine’s Mount Katahdin Sunday after breaking the record for running the 2,189-mile (3,522 kilometer) Appalachian Trail.

Jurek, a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run, reached the top of the mountain at about 2:15 p.m. New York time after spending 46 days on the trail, according to posts on his social media accounts.

His finish came about 3 hours ahead of the previous mark set by Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2013. Pharr Davis ran the trail in 46 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes.

Jurek, 41, averaged about 48 miles of running every day since beginning his bid on May 27. The route from Springer Mountain, Georgia, covers 14 states and features about 515,000 feet of elevation change.

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