Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 2, 2014 - 11:39am PT
The Seattle times had a good story about trail runner Joe McConaughy on track to finish the PCT (supported) in about 54 days, averaging 55miles a day. He's due to finish Aug 9th or 10th, but there's a fair amount of thunder down here in Seattle today. I'm not, nor do I know any trail runners, but it sounds impressive to me. He's a Seattle native and comes across as a more than OK guy. I guess the previous record is 59.33 days.
I saw the flood come thru earlier this year where I run a 5 mile loop through Vazquez Rocks. Timing is everything, too early and you hit snow in the Sierra, too late and you will cook in the desert. One group said this year was a record number of permit, and there was actually a quota. Not sure but a lot of permits...and interesting success/failure rates.
He finished! They don't mention it in the story but I imagine he had to deal with pretty heavy thunder storms and heat(!) during this last week. 53 days, 6hr, 37min. My kudos to his support team of only three friends meeting him at trail heads with food and supplies. Dedicated selflessness. It seemed to completely lack corporate sponsorship and seemed like a totally low tech, low budget righteous endeavor. Again, I am only basing this one what I've read in the Seattle Times.
I wish I had been able to find out more about the charity "Cancer Care" (like how to donate). He lost a cousin, Colin to neuroblastoma and was doing the run/hike in part to raise money for Cancer Care.