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Joe McConaughy shatters self-supported FKT for Appalachian Trail

The Seattle native completed the daunting 3,510-kilometre Appalachian Trail with a 37-hour final push arriving at Mount Katahdin in Maine

Completing the trek self-supported, Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy set a new fastest-known time (FKT) on the Appalachian Trail in early September.

McConaughy, a former NCAA Division One varsity runner with Boston College, completed the 3,510K trek between Georgia and Maine in 45 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. The FKT betters Karl Meltzer‘s supported (which means he ran with a crew) effort of 45 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes, from 2016. The previous fastest-known time for a self-supported completion of the Appalachian Trail was 54 days, by Heather Anderson, according to Gear Junkie.

He began the record-attempt on July 17 at 6:31 a.m. EDT.

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According to the Washington Post, McConaughy carried a 25 lb. pack on his back. He started at Springer Mountain in Georgia and finished at Mount Katahdin, Maine.

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“I am in shock and pain, joyful and thankful, humbled and tired, in disbelief and exhilaration,” the 26-year-old from Seattle wrote in an Instagram post. “I will be forever perplexed and appreciative of what the wilderness brings out in myself and others.”

He’s no stranger to setting records on the trails. The American also set a supported FKT on the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon in 2015.

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45d12d15m – a new self supported and overall Fastest Known Time record on the #appalachiantrail. Greetings from the top of Katahdin at 6:38pm where I was greeted by 70 mile winds, hail, rain, mist, endless boulder scrambles, @kekiracofe and @josh.katzman. After a 37 hour push, i managed 110.8 miles straight to do what I had to do, more than I have run at once by almost 50 miles. I honestly don't know what to say. I'm am in shock and pain, joyful and thankful, humbled and tired, in disbelief and exhilaration. I will be forever perplexed and appreciative of what the wilderness brings out in myself and others. I hope anyone watching is at least inspired to become more involved in the outdoors. Every day has been a battle, but I am very thankful to be safe and have accomplished my dream ever since the PCT. I've had a lot of time in my own thoughts, and what I took away most from this journey is community. It is the people you love and who surround you who provide the greatest joy. It really took a village. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to my lovely girlfriend, Katie, my parents and the Katzmans who came to the start/finish, friends and family who I have HEAVILY leaned on, hikers, trail angels and the trail community who have given me everything from sloppy Joe's to an extra set of batteries to allow me to run through the night, @anishhikes and @meltzerkarl for pushing the FKT record, @efnorthamerica and @efcollegebreak for being an awesome company and letting me take time off work to pursue my dreams, to @heartbreakrunco, @brooksrunning, @palantepacks, @mountainlaureldesigns, and @cieleathletics to help me get here, and everyone who has followed or watched or commented. I've been brought to tears and laughter even though I may have never met you. Thank you all, Stringbean out. OOHYEAH!

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According to his Instagram post, his final push consisted of 37 consecutive hours covering 177K. There’s no governing body to verify or legitimize FKTs. Rather, members of the community verify information through various protocol including GPS data.