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Vert Beats: FKT’s boom!

FKT’s boom!

With the number of FKTs and personal project attempts we’ve been seeing the last couple of weeks (in the absence of most big races), it’s hard to keep track of all of them. But here we leave you with a few of the most remarkable attempts of this past week:

– Xavier Thevenard (aka “Monsieur UTMB”) attempted to beat Francois D’hane’s record on the mythic GR-20 on the island of Corsica…and failed after having a very rough last kilometers.

-Nolan’s 14 overall record shattered by mountain athlete Joey Campanelli, who probably isn’t a very well-known name on the Ultra scene

-And the new unsupported record of the Tahoe Rim Trail by the Ultra Runner Kyle Curtin…during which because of a miscalculation, he had to run basically the last 30 miles without water!

And you? Are you planning for your next summer epic adventure? We might not all be able to run an FKT, but think about doing a PFKT–“personal FKT.”

WHAT INSPIRED US THIS WEEK

What to read:

We probably don’t have to tell you that us trail runners love a good post-run beer…and how could we not? Having a post-run or post-adventure beer/alcohol free beer with our running buddies is just perfect, especially in these hot summer months. Trail Runner Magazine has a new piece about this concept–it’s not about the beer itself, but more about the social aspect. We leave you with this “ode” from Trail Runner Magazine about the post run beer.

You can read more here.

What to listen to:

A few weeks ago, we shared the impressive FKT of Coree Woltering on the “Ice Age Trail,” during which he ran all over Wisconsin. Today, we share this podcast with him talking about all the nuances of averaging 50 miles a day for 21 days in a row for breaking the record and more. Finally, Coree’s voice in the trail running world is one we’re learning a lot from recently–and he also touches on how his story can be a good example for many people who would like to try our sport.

You can listen to the interview here.


During the month of July, we’re challenging everyone (including ourselves) to donate to Black Girls Run. How? By pledging based on how many miles you run this month! Want in? Just hit “reply” and say, “I want to donate!”

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