Back in 1991, Bill Laster of Bailey, CO, did the the OT in 5d2h23m. The same year, Lou Peyton and Jim Schuler did the route in a slightly slower time, 5d8h7m.
Laster, Peyton and Schuler's times were crushed December 14-17, 2005, by Steve Kirk and Greg Eason of Little Rock, AR, who ran the trail in 3d4h34m. The pair reported sleeping less than 2 hours during their run. They had full crew support and pacers. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette did a detailed story on their trip. Kirk and Eason previously set the FKT for Arkansas' Ozark Highlands Trail.
I've made contact with Steve Kirk and he and I plan to discuss this record over the phone. Rodney Sasse and I plan to give this trail a shot in the January/February time frame. We are currently working on assembling a team.
Post by runlikethewindle on Nov 24, 2016 8:27:40 GMT -5
My name is Randy Windle (Hot Springs, Arkansas). On November 13, 2016 at 9am I set out on the Ouachita Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. I arrived at Talimena on November 18, 2016 at 3:55am. 4 days 18 hours 55 minutes. I ran this route solo. I placed drop bags with food/water/etc. every 30~ miles at road intersections. This proved to be a good plan until arriving at Foran Gap where I found that my drop bag and water had been taken. I managed to flag down a truck driver that had a water jug and he gave me enough water to make it to a "spare" bag that I had dropped for a "just in case scenario" at the Hwy. 270 crossing 11 miles away. I had additional aid provided by my wonderful mother and sister who assisted in bringing me additional food/water/moral support later in the excursion. I slept several times along the trail in short segments totaling 12 hours.