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Ultrarunner sets FKT on 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail

Coree Woltering ran the nearly 1,200-mile route through Wisconsin in 21 days, 13 hours and 35 minutes to set the new record

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Coree Woltering spent most of June running. On June 1, he set out on the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin, and he ran for the next three weeks. After 21 days, 13 hours and 35 minutes of running on the almost-1,200-mile trail, Woltering made it to the finish, setting a new fastest known time (FKT) in the process and beating the previous record (set in 2018 by Annie Weiss) by just under five hours. Woltering, who is partnered with The North Face, has run dozens of ultramarathons, and while he’s won several races and earned a good reputation on the ultrarunning scene, it will be this record-breaking run that sees his name etched in the history books.

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I haven’t posted anything about the Ice Age Trail FKT, because I really have not had time to digest it yet. I am still waking up in the morning with a sense of urgency that I am late getting out on the trail. After doing something for 21 days, it just becomes a new normal, but now that normal is gone. Sleeping is weird, eating is weird, and not being active for 12-20+ hours a day is weird. With that said, on June 1, I set out to set an FKT on the Ice Age Trail. On June 22 at 8:35pm, I crossed the finish line. 21 days, 13 hours, 35 minutes for a new FKT. Thank you to all that followed along and supported in different ways. I’ll write more soon… until then, I need to sleep. Be well, stay safe, and happy trails. 📸: @kevlv #NeverStopExploring #IceAgeTrail #TrailAndUltra

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Woltering’s running resume 

Woltering ran at Greenville University in Illinois, a school which competes in Division III of the NCAA. According to his profile on The North Face website, he was primarily a middle-distance runner earlier in his athletic career. He eventually found triathlon (he raced the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant, Que., in 2014), which he hoped to pursue professionally, but ultrarunning caught his eye after he paced a friend at the Leadville 100 in 2014. Later that year he ran the Quad Cities Marathon in Illinois, and although he had never run more than 16 miles, he finished sixth overall in a time of 2:37:13.

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After that marathon, he jumped to ultra distances, and he hasn’t looked back. He’s won the Tunnel Hill 50-miler twice, he finished in 25th at the Western States 100 in 2018 and in 2020 he won two races before the season was put on hold due to COVID-19. Now, Woltering has added a prestigious FKT to his resume, and at just 30 years old, he could run many more records and FKTs in the future. 

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Ice Age Trail run 

Woltering doesn’t have any other FKTs to his name, but the Ice Age Trail is an impressive one to own. He started on June 1 on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border and finished on June 22 on the other side of Wisconsin near Green Bay. He averaged more than 50 miles each day, and for the grand finale of his run, he covered 251K in 31 hours, averaging a pace of 7:27 per kilometre, before crossing the finish line. 

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