On Thursday October 17th I will be beginning my attempt to set the Supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on completing the 803.5 miles of the Arizona Trail from the Southern Border of Utah to the Northern Border of Mexico, with over 110,000 feet of vertical gain and 110,000 feet of loss. The current FKT (which was Unsupported) was set by Jeff “Legend” Garmire and stands at 15 days, 13 hours and 10 minutes.
I only started running 4 years ago after leaving the Corporate World of 22 years. 2 years ago I embarked on my first trail run at Rob Krar’s Ultra & Trail running camp in Flagstaff, Arizona and a few weeks ago I completed my first 100 mile race. So, attempting this FKT will be a challenge for sure!
I decided I wanted to run the Arizona Trail about 18 months ago when I was contemplating my future running goals. I wanted a challenge that was somehow linked to the community I had discovered here in Flagstaff. While at the running camp, I experienced for the first time what it felt like to be part of something, a community, somewhere I belonged. I had found my people. This feeling was so profound, that this was one of the main reasons why I decided to move to Flagstaff, only a month after the camp.
By embarking on this challenge I hope to encourage others to embrace their communities and reap the rewards. I am constantly amazed by the positivity that flows through our little town and it lifts my spirits when in today’s world we are surrounded by so many bad news stories. It makes me want to be a better person in the hope that I can impact others lives as this community has mine.
I will be raising money for the Arizona Trail Association (ATA), specifically contributing to Passage 35 Babbitt Ranches where we will be converting double track dirt road to sweet single track, so that in some small way I get to give back to this community and celebrate the great work the ATA does in protecting our open spaces that we enjoy.
An 800-mile, non-motorized path from Mexico to Utah, the Arizona Trail (AZT) is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails whose challenging mountains and canyons are met with word class views. Over the last 25 years, the Arizona Trail Association has brought together tens of thousands of volunteers to build and maintain the AZT and serves as a voice for the outdoor recreation community. To continue the legacy of the AZT, they maintain meaningful outdoor youth education programs to inspire the next generation of stewards, empower young women with skills in the outdoors, hire youth crews and conservation corps, partner with groups to promote “volunteer vacations”, and host trail skills workshops for youth and adults.
Without the Arizona Trail Association, can you imagine what the future holds for the Arizona Trail over the next 25 years? Your participation will help raise awareness and funds that sustain their programs, thus sustaining free access to public lands and 800 miles of non-motorized trail protected in perpetuity.
Your passion for the outdoors and public lands, appreciation for the trails and our natural resources, and donation of $25 or more will help me in supporting the Arizona Trail Association. Please donate $25 or more using the 'Give Now' button so that we can maintain the AZT for the next 25 years and beyond.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!