First day – T 7/7/20

START: Springer Mt. at midnight
FINISH: Dicks Creek Gap (US 76) at 9:14pm
69.2 miles in 21 hours 14 minutes
3.26 mph
+16.6 miles on Karel Sabbe (overall record; supported)
+13.2 miles on Jennifer Pharr Davis (women’s record; supported)

Wet trail; not too humid; longest first day ever for an AT endurance record attempt (nobo); 13 support crew meetings (David Horton; Warren Doyle)

Blister on one toe; sore feet and legs.



Who is Mercury?

Liz Derstine, trail name “Mercury”, is a distance runner, endurance hiker, writer, and musician residing in Boston, MA. She holds fastest known times for women on the Appalachian Trail (supported, northbound), Long Trail (self-supported), and Pinhoti Trail (self-supported).

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