Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ultramarathoner Hikes Appalachian Trail In Record Time

Scott Jurek recently hiked the Appalachian Trail in record time. His journey through 14 states took 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes.

We are about to hear from a record-breaker. Scott Jurek's record time was 46 days, eight hours and seven minutes. That's how long it took the ultra-marathoner to hike the 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail, which passes through 14 states.
Scott Jurek, welcome to the program and congratulations.

SCOTT JUREK: Well, thank you very much. It's a pleasure to be here.

SIEGEL: It takes the average hiker between five and seven months to complete the entire trail. Actually, the average hiker drops out and doesn't complete the trail. How fast were you moving during those 46 days?

JUREK: Well, a lot of the time, I was moving between three and four miles an hour. And I was doing a combination of running and hiking. I mean, the trail becomes so steep and so technical at times that walking and hiking is really the most efficient way to travel.

SIEGEL: How did you eat and sleep during all that time?

JUREK: Well, eating is something that you become accustomed to doing while on the move. I'm eating every 20 to 30 minutes, trying to consume around 100 calories each of those times. And really, it's a mix of sports foods along with real food.

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