Kristian Morgan to attempt Appalachian Trail FKT

Runner will aim to cover the famous route in less than 40 days

Kristian Morgan, here seen training for the Transgrancanaria Ultra, intends to average 55 miles per day on the Appalachian Trail

Kristian Morgan, here seen training for the Transgrancanaria Ultra, intends to average 55 miles per day on the Appalachian Trail

British ultra runner Kristian Morgan will next year attempt to become the first person to run the 2189-mile Appalachian Trail in under 40 days.

In covering the famous hiking trail in Eastern United States, he will seek to average 55 miles and about 4000m of elevation change per day.

The trail is the longest hiking-only path in the world, starting in Georgia and passing through 14 states on its way to Maine.

It is regularly a target for fastest-known times and the most recent was set this summer by Belgium’s Karel Sabbe, who cut four days from the previous record with a time of 41 days, 7 hours and 39 minutes.

Morgan, who was second in this year’s North Face 100km in Thailand and the Olympus Mythical Trail 100km in Greece, was part of Sabel’s support crew.

“I gained inside knowledge and saw for myself where I can make improvements on Karel's effort,” said the London-based Morgan.

Morgan, who will begin his attempt on July 1, 2019, is receiving logistical help from Karl Meltzer, who set the existing southbound trail for the Appalachian Trail in 2016. The short film documenting this record, Karl Meltzer: Made to Be Broken, is available on Netflix.

For more, see https://www.kristianultra.com/appalachian-trail