On Monday, May 17th, I will attempt to run a women’s supported Fastest Known Time for the Smokies Challenge Adventure Run (SCAR). The current women’s supported FKT is held by Liz Canty at 18:37:38, set on October 16th, 2020.
The route is a 70+ mile traverse of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Appalachian Trail, starting at Fontana Dam and ending at Davenport Gap. According to the route info on Fastest Known Time, the total elevation gain is is 18,660′; 12,800′ in the first 40 miles and 5,860′ in the last 30 miles.
Crew support was provided by Warren Doyle, Adrienne Mitford, and Jennifer Henry. They met me on the side trail to Clingman’s Dome parking (32.5 miles), Clingman’s Dome Access Road (36.3 miles), and Newfound Gap (40.4 miles).
Thanks also to Spring Energy for their support! This run was fueled with their energy gels made with natural ingredients. My go-to flavors are Speednut and Awesome Sauce. If you’d like to give them a try, take 10% off your purchase using the code “TEAM” at checkout.