One day, Danielle Snyder was browsing Fastest Known Times (FKTs) on the web and found that the female-to-male ratio of attempts was approximately 300 to 2,000. She decided she needed to do something to encourage other females to try something beyond their beliefs, and this ‘something’ was going to start with her. So on August 22, she set out to complete the women’s supported FKT of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in Oregon state.

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FKT Final day (hallucination station!) 50 (ish) miles Mood: grateful, impatient, hopeful Up until the very last day, I couldn’t think about the end and tried to stay very focused on each moment. @stephimig joined me for some early morning miles and the discussion about the fear of failure guiding our choices. We discussed how brave @jamesonclover was in her choices and how we both wanted to live a life that embraced this concept of learning through challenge. . . @jumprunskip joined me for the last section in which I was convinced I had my first hallucination of goats. Nope, they were real folks— pack goats on the PCT! We had around 16 miles left when I started to feel desperate and I remember telling her I was not going to waste these last moments and try to enjoy it. ( This TOTALLY worked until the last 3 downhill rocky miles when my poor numb feet were going to die). #special #mountainlife #womenhelpingwomen #pnw #trailsisters #morethananathlete #biggerthanthetrail #jointhechallenge #runnersofthewild #oiselle #embraceyourspace #ownit #dontmesswithwomen #runlikeagirl #trailrunners #trailwomen #morethanarunner #womenhelpingwomenwin #braveheart #bravelikegabe #youmatter #ultimatedirection #springenergy #nedawareness #fastestknowntime #pct

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On August 31, nine days, 15 hours, and eight minutes later, Snyder finished 734K (456 miles). Although the PCT sees thousands of thru hikers each year, Snyder was unaware of female attempts for a fast time on the trail in Oregon. Yassine Diboun and Scott Loughney currently have the men’s supported FKT on the Oregon PCT in eight days, 12 hours, and five minutes. Brian Donnelly is recorded to have the men’s unsupported time in seven days, 22 hours, and 37 minutes.

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The next posts will cover a story of an FKT with two best friends, two dogs and two amazing main crew members (@alpineattacks, @clovertalk), incredible drop ins from Bonnie, @nwdirtchurners , @stephimig , @earth_crosser , @jumprunskip, and @lizzyfero and @denzil_jennings . . The journey begins: . Day 1: 70 miles Mood: disbelief, fear, hysterical laughter Methodical movement through the mountains in order to reach our crew for the first night. How is this far only a small dent ? We fight to stay present but, the unknown weighs heavily on our mind. And yet, we are still able to share laughter and embrace the beauty of the woods. The tale of heartache, grit and determination is just beginning and yet, we have already traveled 70miles. . . . #special #mountainlife #womenhelpingwomen #pnw #trailsisters #morethananathlete #biggerthanthetrail #jointhechallenge #runnersofthewild #oiselle #embraceyourspace #ownit #dontmesswithwomen #runlikeagirl #trailrunners #trailwomen #morethanarunner #womenhelpingwomenwin #braveheart #bravelikegabe #youmatter #ultimatedirection #springenergy #nedawareness #fastestknowntime #pct

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When we asked Snyder how she prepared for such a feat she laughed saying “there is really no way to prepare for it. I had no idea. I learned a lot.” Snyder has 100-mile and ultrarunning experience on her running resume, but had never run alone for that distance before. Still, she kept the big ‘why’ in the front of her mind and kept pushing through the discomfort and the unknown.

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Fkt day 3: pacers, crew and support Mileage 43 . . Mood: gratitude and exhaustion I have never excelled at asking others for help and this trip pushed me beyond my boundaries in lessons of vulnerability. Not only did we want the help of others, We needed it. We had to ask @alpineattacks and @clovertalk to be at our beck and call. It was not easy and yet, they kept us moving, fed and supported. Words of our gratitude may never truly express our thanks. Day 3 include the introduction of our pacers: @stephimig, Bonnie and, @space.dee , @jumprunskip. Cue the tears even as I write this : we were smelly, tired and I cried a lot. Our pacers were also pushed to limits during their different sections with us and kept us moving forward. Again, the vulnerability of this moves me and I cannot believe how lucky we were to have such a community support the roughness and joy of this day. 🙏🏻😭❤️ . . #special #mountainlife #womenhelpingwomen #pnw #trailsisters #morethananathlete #biggerthanthetrail #jointhechallenge #runnersofthewild #oiselle #embraceyourspace #ownit #dontmesswithwomen #runlikeagirl #trailrunners #trailwomen #morethanarunner #womenhelpingwomenwin #braveheart #bravelikegabe #youmatter #ultimatedirection #springenergy #nedawareness #fastestknowntime #pct

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“Courage isn’t just in success, but in the vulnerability of the attempt,” believes Snyder. She continues to promote and encourage people to pursue big goals and dreams, which will hopefully result in more female representation in the FKT culture.

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