Brooks Running will launch a limited-edition trail shoe in honour of Scott Jurek’s remarkable Appalachian Trail record. The 42-year-old American completed the 2,189-mile (3,522 kilometres) trail in 46 days, eight hours and seven minutes finishing on July 12, 2015.
To honour Jurek’s achievement, Brooks will release 2,189 pairs of Cascadia 11s, one of the brand’s signature trail shoes, on July 29. The shoe, known as the Cascadia 2189, is being released to signify the one-year anniversary of the record and is named for each of the miles that Jurek covered on his run.
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So what’s so special about these trail shoes? The outsole uses recycled rubber from the actual shoes that Jurek wore during his Appalachian run. Each of the 2,189 pairs is numbered so buyers have a unique part of the record’s history. For runners keen on scoring a pair, they will be available on a special landing page on the Brooks Running website at the end of July.
Jurek ran north from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin Mountain in Maine. He broke the previous record held by Jennifer Pharr Davis, which she set in 2011. He averaged nearly 80K per day on the rugged Appalachian Trail terrain, which passes through 14 states. There are 165,000 white blazes to mark the trail for runners and hikers. Jurek broke the record by three hours.
The special edition Brooks Cascadia 2189 shoe box contains graphics referencing Jurek’s record and the Appalachian Trail. “These shoes don’t just have a story, they have a sole,” reads the box.
Jurek ran the trail supported meaning he had a running crew accompany him. His finish line celebration is also extra memorable for those following the story at the time as it sparked quite the controversy. After he set the record, rangers reacted at his consuming alcohol in the park upon finishing the 2,189-mile run.