I know a couple of the GUTS guys have attempted it but they kept stopping short because of the weather.... not sure if anyone actually finished it. I would love to run it with someone if you are interested. Sean@runbum.com
Post by carllaniak on Nov 13, 2011 23:09:42 GMT -5
i have done the georgia section a few times.
it's approx 75 miles from the wooden sign at the NC/GA border near Bly Gap to springer mountain. there is about 19,000' of elevation gain according to an altimeter watch i wore on one of the trips.
after deciding to attempt the GA section in one push back in 2003, i made several failed attempts starting from the north end and quitting at unicoi (mi25), hogpen (mi40), and then woody gap (mi 55), i finally completed the section in a continuous push in 2007 in 22:56. matt kirk was along and crewed me from my van. he met me at all the paved road crossings, as well as a couple of the FS 42 crossings as i neared springer. i started the run at 5pm, and finished the following afternoon. i knew that doing alot of night running, and starting tired were not ideal, and i paid for that by dying 1000 deaths over the last 20 miles, but i was ecstatic to finally complete the route. ncultra account: www.ncultra.org/article.php?story=2007101803455797&query=lAniak splits from this run can be found here: www.ncultra.org/article.php?story=20071015084538347&query=lAniak
then in october 2010 i returned to attempt to set a faster time, and was on pace to run under 19 hours until things fell apart significantly in the last 15 miles. i still ran my fastest time, 21:30. scott brockmeier and liz bauer were instrumental in crewing this strong (for me) attempt.
in march 2011 i took another shot, but the midnight start and very cold weather, coupled with some poor gear choices foiled my attempt at a faster time...i completed the section in just over 24 hours, again with a couple friends (james rudd and jim sinclair) crewing me (and actually running with me for the last 30+ miles) blog post: carlspacificride.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html - (scroll down below idaho trip commentary)
it would not surprise me if there's some (or more than one) person who's done this section significantly faster than my 21:30, but i'm unaware of them. i too have heard of a number of failed attempts by atlanta ultrarunners. there is a hiker (trail name "Phreak") who claims on whiteblaze.net to have done it in 22:11 with a 24 pound pack, quite an impressive trek, IMO. also, matt karzen, who i have never met (but is also from athens, ga), completed the trail in one push back in 2009, although i have been unable to find his exact time... his report is at blog.rockcreek.com/archives/rockcreek_race_team_member_finishes_ga_at_charity_run.html
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2011 10:42:05 GMT -5 by carllaniak