I turn 60 years old on 1/14/16. I plan to run a kilometer for every year of my life on my birthday.
I plan to run a double crossing of the Cumberland Valley portion of the Appalachian Trail. I will run the valley “rim” to “rim” to “rim”, which is a few kilometers shy of 60k. In order to reach the symbolic 60k distance, I plan on leaving the Boiling Springs forge parking lot at 8 am to run up to the first “rim”….Center Point Knob. I will then run across the valley to the next “rim”; the high point near the Darlington shelter. I will then turn around and run back across the valley to Center Point Knob. The final stretch will be back to my car at the Boiling Springs forge parking lot; hopefully by 4 pm. Link to the course…. footpathapp.com/routes/752bacb8534549719c07...
On 1/14/16 I completed the run exactly as described in my orginal post in 8:17:37 (total elapsed time). I completed the run self supported. No other runners were able to join me since I ran during normal working hours.
The distance turned out to be 39.1 miles; a bit more than I had estimated. The weather was very nice for a mid-January day in PA. Temps started out in the low 20's, but rose to the low 40's by afternoon. A brief snow squall from the previous day put enough snow on the trail to turn it into mud after temps rose in the afternoon. Regardless of the mud, I felt good all day long and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I'm looking forward to coming up with a new challenge for my 61st!
I'm not sure what "proof" I need to supply. The Strava link includes pictures of my watch at the top of each "rim" and at the finish.
How do you feel about standardizing this to just the rim to rim to rim? I think it's about 34 miles instead of your 39. I'd like to do this section of the AT, but I'm a hiker, not a runner, and I'm sure I wouldn't be "fastest". I'll post again if I do the rim to rim to rim.