30 Dec '15, 3pm

Top Stories of 2015: @ScottJurek celebrates a new Appalachian Trail record

Top Stories of 2015: @ScottJurek celebrates a new Appalachian Trail record

At 2:03 p.m. ET, they got their answer. He was clutching a faded wooden sign, his cheek brushing the engraved letters that read, “KATAHDIN, Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail.” Scott Jurek comes to the end of his 2,189-mile journey on the Appalachian Trail, with his wife, Jenny, by his side. Photograph by Kit Fox Forty-six days, eight hours, and seven minutes earlier, Jurek ran away from a similar sign in Springer Mountain, Georgia. He headed north on foot for 2,189 miles, across 14 states, and 515,000 feet of elevation change. He averaged nearly 50 miles a day. By nuzzling his bearded face into the engraved wood on the highest peak in Maine, Jurek became the fastest person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail . He beat the previous record, set by Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011, by a mere three hours and 13 minutes. “I can’t believe I made it to this sign,” he said, ou...

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