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March 2024: Women Who FKT Update

by | Mar 7, 2024 | Monthly Newsletter

AMPLIFYING VOICES 

Hello to the Women Who FKT community. We are excited to announce a few changes to our communications. First, you may have noticed our monthly email is now formatted as a blog post from our website.. This means you will now be able to access newsletter archives, our FKT routes lists, and other great content that our contributors have put together.

The second change is to our Instagram account. We want our account to be a tool for women to share their FKT stories, in their own voices, with a wider audience.  To help achieve that, we are going to be reposting more FKT related content from women and interested non-binary folks. Tag @womenwhoFKT  in posts, reels, and stories and we will repost.

Third, we love highlighting first time FKT setters! We have highlighted new FKTers in our monthly email. But we want to give you a chance to say more about why you chose your route, how you prepared, and what you learned.  Now you can highlight your own first FKT, or a friend’s FKT, by submitting a story to womenwhofkt@gmail. Submit a paragraph or two about your experience, preferably with some photos, and we will publish it as a blog post. Way more fun than two lines in an email! New FKT setters may benefit from the experience of veteran FKT setters, so if repeat FKT setters send us their stories, we will consider publishing them as well.

 

Routes Without a Women’s FKT

We were surprised to read that the following routes did not have a women’s FKT. While you are planning your spring and summer, why not add one of these to your training plan. And if you want to find your own open route, look here. 

OREGON

WASHINGTON 

More articles from the archives:

100: An FKT Story

100. I did not begin my FKT career with that intention.  Quite the opposite. For one decade, I focused solely on one Fastest Known Time. The Adirondack 46 Unsupported Thru-hike. 183 miles and 46 mountains over 4000 feet with 63 thousand feet of vertical gain. That was...

How To Design A New FKT Route

The Fastest Known Time website may hold over 5,900 unique routes for you to discover and explore, but what do you do when you have a new concept for an FKT challenge? How do you turn your wisp of an idea into a fully fledged, accepted route to be recorded and entered...

British Columbia: FKT Routes on Canada’s West Coast

The mountains and coastlines of British Columbia are known around the world for their rugged nature and outstanding beauty. Despite the popularity of the area's trails, many of the FKT routes remain unclaimed by female athletes. Of the 85 posted routes and varations,...

FKT Routes in England

With its numerous natural areas and outstanding walking paths, England offers many FKT routes for consideration. Participation remains very skewed towards the men.  Of the 573 posted routes and varations, 390 did not have a women's time as of compiling (68.1%). In...

2023 Women’s FKT Of the Year Nominations

We've seen another year of incredible FKTs set by women around the world. Every year the FKT website chooses a few FKTs to honor as FKT Of The Year. Community members nominate FKTs for the honor. Next  a voting process whittles the list to the top 5 male and female...

Silent FKTs: How harassment of athletes from historically excluded groups impacts media outcomes

In 2023, three new FKTs were set on the Pacific Crest Trail.  What, three?  Three.   Two of these FKTs, you’ve likely heard as they were happening – Overall FKTs set by men in the supported and self-supported categories received a large amount of attention.  Within...

FKT Routes in Mexico

Mexico has a variety of FKT routes for consideration, and very few women or mixed teams have claimed fastest times. Of the 36 posted routes and varations, 33 do not have a women's time (91.7%). In 2022, one woman (25%) and three men (75%) posted FKTs. If you want to...

Puerto Rico, Guam & US Virgin Islands FKT Routes

The US territories of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Guam have a handful of FKT routes to date. Of the four posted routes, just one has a woman's time (75%). In 2022, one woman set an FKT in these territories (20%) and men set four (80%). If you want to set an...

Pennsylvania FKT Routes

Pennsylvania's mountains and trails are popular for running and hiking. Currently, 101 routes and variations are posted as potential FKTs, and of those, 49 do not have a posted women's time (48.5%). In 2022, women and men both set 19 FKTs (47.5%), while non-binary...

New Hampshire FKT Routes

New Hampshire has a strong women's FKT community, and this is evident in the percentage of routes with posted women's times. Of the 132 posted routes and variations, only 60 don't have a women's time claimed yet (45.5%). The shorter routes may have Strava records, so...