Multi Multi Days

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Here’s a summary of notable multi-day action:

RUNNING AMERICA

Well known ultra/adventure runners Charlie Engle and Marshall Ulrich announced plans last winter to set a new record running across the US.  They had major funding, publicity, and an extremely ambitious plan: 70 miles per day.

Their May 24 start date came and went and I didn’t hear anything.  A recent web search disclosed that they apparently have made the project even larger, by combining it with a National Geographic documentary, and the run appears to be still on for Aug 8.

Other than that website I know nothing; if anyone does, please post a Comment.

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL RECORD ATTEMPT

An even better known ultra runner (one of the best actually), David Horton, set out on June 7 to set a new record on the CDT.  This had obvious appeal, as David is the current supported record holder on the PCT as well as the previous speed record holder on the Appalachian Trail.  The CDT would complete his Triple Crown of long trails.  The plan was to cover the estimated 2,959 miles in 69 days (42.9 mpd).

However, the CDT was not to be.   The effort was abandoned at the end of the first day due to dehydration and exhaustion.  Yikes.

APPALACHIAN TRAIL RECORD ATTEMPT

Starting on August 5, Karl Meltzer will attempt to do the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in less than 47 days (46.25 mpd).  Like David before him, Karl is one of the best-known and accomplished ultrarunners in the country.  It’s gonna be good.

This blog will have more updates and a live “chat” with Karl in mid July.  In the meantime, there is excellent info here, including interviews with David, Flyin’ Brian, and Trail Dog:  http://www.mountainrunning.com/

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6 Responses to “Multi Multi Days”

  1. George Z Says:

    So they are starting on the 8th? Engle is an PPM entrant about a week later … or is that a different Engle (as it is CHUCK Engle)?

  2. Heather Ulrich Says:

    Greetings! Heather Ulrich here, Marshall Ulrich’s wife. Yes, Marshall and Charlie Engle’s Running America project got pushed back to a start date of 8/8/08 in San Fran, CA. They will be attempting to break the current record for crossing the U.S., which will require them to run 68 to 70 miles every day for 45 days in a row. If they are successful, they will arrive in NYC on Sept 21st. For more information, go to the runningamerica08.com Web site. You can even sign up to be in the movie! Come out and join them!!

  3. Heather Ulrich Says:

    ….oh…. one other thing. Both Marshall and Charlie will be doing the Badwater ultra in Death Valley starting on July 14th. This will be Marshall’s 15th official Badwater (135-mile) race, and 21st time across Death Valley. As always, Marshall will continue from the portals to the summit of Mount Whitney after completing the official race. This is the orginal/ traditional/”purist” way of completing the 146 miles from the lowest point in the continental U.S. (Badwater -242 feet) to the highest point (the 14,495 foot summit of Mount Whitney). For Marshall, stopping at the portals “is not an option.”

  4. highaltitude Says:

    i wish i could run in appalachian trail…

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