Gary Robbins just did the most Canadian thing ever

The runner and race director announced on Instagram and Twitter that he realized his 2014 FKT from the Howe Sound Crest Trail was an illegitimate record

October 14th, 2018 by | Posted in Trail Running | Tags: , , ,

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I came to the unfortunate realization yesterday, that I never actually legitimately set the Howe Sound Crest Trail FKT back in 2014. I thought I knew the route intimately, but it turns out I made a mistake & missed a section at Unnecessary Mtn. This doesn't really short distance, but it does short some climbing. I don't know what the time savings may or may not be, but no less, I messed up the prescribed route & my time should be disqualified. Thankfully Mike Murphy has since bettered my time on that day, so it's not the standing FKT, but no less, it will need to be scrubbed from the historical records. Eric Carter & Nick Elson held the FKT at that point in 3h51m, & I must apologize to all of them for this error. They're all friends of mine & I know no one will be too upset, but Murph worked his tail of to better my 3h45m time & if I'm not mistaken he did surpass Nick & Eric's time a few times… meaning he now has the two fastest efforts & he should never have had to run it that additional time. Sorry guys, I messed up. Murph, I think I owe you some gas money & a beer. Long story short, while doing the trail with Linda yesterday I recognized that I was on a section I definitely did not cover 4 years ago while attempting the FKT. I have now covered the HSCT 7 times (in 11 years) & I know I've done the proper full route 4 times. My first 3 crossings, & yesterday, but somewhere along the way I detoured onto a side trail & inadvertently started skipping a small section of the true route on my 4th, 5th (fkt attempt) & 6th crossings. I've looked back through my gps run files, which go back to 2009 which was my 3d time, & from there through to yesterday you can clearly see my consistent error. This leaves a bit of a pit in my stomach, not only because I compromised a record but also because I was pretty damn fit & motivated that day, & it would've been nice to have an accurate comparison to my peers whom I all deeply respect. To any service that keeps these records & shows the previous FKT holder (Peter Bakwin & Karl Woll are two that immediately come to mind) *continued in the first comment below*

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Canadian endurance athlete Gary Robbins just did the most Canadian thing ever by apologizing before anyone asked him to. The runner and race director announced on Instagram and Twitter that he realized that his 2014 FKT from the Howe Sound Crest Trail was an illegitimate record. 

The runner took to social media to explain his mistake and issue an apology to the runners who his mistake effected. Robbins said on Instagram, “Long story short, while doing the trail with Linda yesterday I recognized that I was on a section I definitely did not cover 4 years ago while attempting the FKT. I have now covered the HSCT 7 times (in 11 years) & I know I’ve done the proper full route 4 times. My first 3 crossings, & yesterday, but somewhere along the way I detoured onto a side trail & inadvertently started skipping a small section of the true route on my 4th, 5th (fkt attempt) & 6th crossings.”

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Robbins realized that he had made the same mistake in his route several times, including his FKT attempt, and asked record keepers to adjust the standings accordingly. 

The runner finishes his post writing, “I’m sorry for my mistake, I pledge to be better in the future at ensuring I know a route 100% before attempting any FKT so as to ensure I don’t undermine someone else’s hard earned accomplishment.”