You may have heard of the FKT list of premiere routes, but you aren’t sure what that really means. Here’s our rundown on these competitive courses, including a full list of current times.
What qualifies as a premiere route?
The premiere routes are are ten high-visibility routes that attract national attention and top athletes, including professionals. These are the routes with the most Fastest Known Time Of The Year (FKTOY) Nominations, and they represent the most competitive aspect of the FKT world. Routes are designated by the volunteer editors at fastestknowntime.com. They are subject to change as routes are impacted by environmental and access issues. Successful completion of a new FKT may garner attention in the ultrarunning world.
What do you need to do if you want to attempt one?
For those who want to attempt an FKT on one of these routes, you will be required to be extra diligent in announcing, verifying, and listing these FKTs so the integrity of your effort will be protected and trusted. Your results will be scrutinized and discussed.
Fastestknowntime.com requests that for every attempt on a Premier Route, the athlete should:
- Read the FKT Verification and FKT Guideline pages and assiduously follow these rules.
- Announce your attempt in advance – to receive attention afterward, you should also bring attention to your project before and during as well. Announcement typically happens on the page of the FKT in the comments section, as well as your own social media, if applicable.
- Track your attempt without fail (knowing how to use devices to verify an FKT is part of your essential skill set). Live Tracking is required – you will need to provide FKT the link and they will post it. Females traveling alone may request to be exempted from public live tracking.
These guidelines are generally good practice for any FKT attempt. We suggest following them for any route, not just the premiere ones. If you are attempting a premiere route, though, it is ESSENTIAL that you follow these as your effort will be subject to scrutiny and these practices are the best way to verify your results.
A word about the FKTs listed below
While all variations of the premiere routes have been listed, they are not all equally high profile. The most visible route variations are asterisked.
|Route Name & Link||Distance in Miles||Overall FKT Holder||Style||Time||Posted women's FKT?||Best Women's Time|
|*John Muir Trail: North to South*||223||Jeff Garmire||Unsupported||3d 0h47m 56s||Yes||6d 4h 13m0s|
|*John Muir Trail: South to North*||223||François D'Haene||Supported||2d 19h26m 0s||Yes||3d 7h57m 0s|
|*Nolans 14: Northbound*||100||Joey Campanelli||Unsupported||1d 17h0m 33s||Yes||1d 21h52m 0s|
|*Nolans 14: Southbound*||100||Joe Grant||Unsupported||2d 1h38m 0s||No|
|Nolans 14: Holy Nolan's||125||Andrew Hamilton||Supported||2d 23h32m 0s||No|
|*Grand Canyon Crossing: R2R2R*||44||Jim Walmsley||Supported||5h 55m 20s||Yes||7h 25m 58s|
|Grand Canyon Crossing: Rim-to-Rim R2R||22||Tim Freriks||Unsupported||2h 39m 28s||Yes||3h 11m 57s|
|Grand Canyon Crossing: 2xR2R2R||88||Jeff Browning||Supported||17h 55m 14s||Yes||1d 1h 29m 45s|
|Grand Canyon Crossing: 3xR2R2R||132||Christof Teuscher||Supported||1d 17h 18m 0s||No|
|Grand Canyon Crossing: 4xR2R2R||176||Christof Teuscher||Supported||2d 10h 10m 0s||No|
|Grand Canyon Crossing: 5xR2R2R||220||Brandon Worthington||Self supported||3d 21h 51m 9s||No|
|*Appalachian Trail: Northbound*||2189||Karel Sabbe||Supported||41d 7h39m 0s||Yes||51d 16h 30m 0s|
|*Appalachian Trail: Southbound*||2189||Karl Meltzer||Supported||45d 22h38m 0s||Yes||46d 11h 20m 0s|
|*Wonderland Trail*||93||Tyler Green||Supported||16h 40m55s||Yes||18h 41m54s|
|Wonderland Trail: Double||186||Christof Teuscher||Supported||3d 8h 13m 0s||No|
|Wonderland Trail: Triple||279||Christof Teuscher||Self supported||5d 11h 49m 0s||No|
|*Long Trail*||273||Ben Feinson||Supported||4d 11h44m 0s||Yes||5d 2h37m 0s|
|*Arizona Trail*||817||Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy||Supported||13d 3h 21m 0s||Yes||17d 11h3m 0s|
|*Pennine Way*||261||John Kelly||Supported||2d 10h4m 53s||Yes||3d 0h46m 37s|
|*Colorado Trail: West to East - Collegiate West*||500||Nick Pedatella||7d 17h52m 0s||No|
|*Colorado Trail*: West to East - Collegiate East*||500||Michael Mcknight||7d 13h16m 15s||Yes||14d 15h38m 0s|
|*Colorado Trail: East to West - Collegiate East*||500||Jonathan Basham||8d 13h28m 0s||Yes||9d 10h52m 0s|
|*Colorado Trail: East to West - Collegiate West*||500||Joe Grant||8d 20h9m 0s||Yes|
|*Presidential Traverse: Southbound*||18||Jack Kuenzle||Unsupported||3h 38m 44s||Yes||4h 33m 39s|
|*Presidential Traverse: Northbound*||18||Ben Thompson||Unsupported||3h 32m 15s||Yes||8h 27m 0s|
|Presidential Traverse: Double||36||Josh Burns||Unsupported||11h 28m49s||Yes||15h 49m 11s|
|Presidential Traverse: Triple||54||Rich Gambale||Self supported||1d 15h 30m 0s||No|
|Presidential Traverse: Picnic||18||Ja Shua Ried||Self supported||5h 45m 0s||Yes||9h 43m 0s|