Understanding Premiere FKT Routes

by | Mar 7, 2023 | Education

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 & LinkDistance in MilesOverall FKT HolderStyleTimePosted women's FKT?Best Women's Time
*John Muir Trail: North to South*223Jeff GarmireUnsupported3d 0h47m 56sYes6d 4h 13m0s
*John Muir Trail: South to North*223François D'HaeneSupported2d 19h26m 0sYes3d 7h57m 0s
*Nolans 14: Northbound*100Joey CampanelliUnsupported1d 17h0m 33sYes1d 21h52m 0s
*Nolans 14: Southbound*100Joe GrantUnsupported2d 1h38m 0sNo
Nolans 14: Holy Nolan's125Andrew HamiltonSupported2d 23h32m 0sNo
*Grand Canyon Crossing: R2R2R*44Jim WalmsleySupported5h 55m 20sYes7h 25m 58s
Grand Canyon Crossing: Rim-to-Rim R2R22Tim FreriksUnsupported2h 39m 28sYes3h 11m 57s
Grand Canyon Crossing: 2xR2R2R88Jeff BrowningSupported17h 55m 14sYes1d 1h 29m 45s
Grand Canyon Crossing: 3xR2R2R132Christof TeuscherSupported1d 17h 18m 0sNo
Grand Canyon Crossing: 4xR2R2R176Christof TeuscherSupported2d 10h 10m 0sNo
Grand Canyon Crossing: 5xR2R2R220Brandon WorthingtonSelf supported3d 21h 51m 9sNo
*Appalachian Trail: Northbound*2189Karel SabbeSupported41d 7h39m 0sYes51d 16h 30m 0s
*Appalachian Trail: Southbound*2189Karl MeltzerSupported45d 22h38m 0sYes46d 11h 20m 0s
*Wonderland Trail*93Tyler GreenSupported16h 40m55sYes18h 41m54s
Wonderland Trail: Double186Christof TeuscherSupported3d 8h 13m 0sNo
Wonderland Trail: Triple279Christof TeuscherSelf supported5d 11h 49m 0sNo
*Long Trail*273Ben FeinsonSupported4d 11h44m 0sYes5d 2h37m 0s
*Arizona Trail*817Joe "Stringbean" McConaughySupported13d 3h 21m 0sYes17d 11h3m 0s
*Pennine Way*261John KellySupported2d 10h4m 53sYes3d 0h46m 37s
*Colorado Trail: West to East - Collegiate West*500Nick Pedatella7d 17h52m 0sNo
*Colorado Trail*: West to East - Collegiate East*500Michael Mcknight7d 13h16m 15sYes14d 15h38m 0s
*Colorado Trail: East to West - Collegiate East*500Jonathan Basham8d 13h28m 0sYes9d 10h52m 0s
*Colorado Trail: East to West - Collegiate West*500Joe Grant8d 20h9m 0sYes
*Presidential Traverse: Southbound*18Jack KuenzleUnsupported3h 38m 44sYes4h 33m 39s
*Presidential Traverse: Northbound*18Ben ThompsonUnsupported3h 32m 15sYes8h 27m 0s
Presidential Traverse: Double36Josh BurnsUnsupported11h 28m49sYes15h 49m 11s
Presidential Traverse: Triple54Rich GambaleSelf supported1d 15h 30m 0sNo
Presidential Traverse: Picnic18Ja Shua RiedSelf supported5h 45m 0sYes9h 43m 0s

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