Women’s athletic performances on the trails were in the news this past week as Courtney Dauwalter ran a record setting run at the Western States 100, placing 6th overall in a time of 15:29:33. Second place woman Katie Schide also ran under CR pace, in 16:43:45, taking 17th place overall. Dauwalter holds 1 FKT on the Collegiate Loop of the Colorado Trail, an overall FKT by over 6 hours. Schide also has one 1 FKT; hers is the women’s FKT on the White Mountains Hut Traverse: Standard route.
In Scotland, ultrarunner Jamie Aarons set the overall FKT on the self-propelled Munros Round, breaking Donnie Campbell’s record by 12 hours.* This massive effort requires summiting all 282 Munros – the Scottish peaks over 3,000 feet. This 31 day effort was both physically and logistically challenging: “Jamie’s complex and wiggly route around all the Scottish 3000-footers covered a massive 2576km (1,597 miles) and 135,366m (406,098 feet) of ascent – with 1315km of that distance on foot, 830km by road bike, 370km by mountain bike, and 49km on her gravel bike. And to ensure logistics did not get too easy, keen kayaker Jamie also threw in about 11km of paddling, including the obligatory sea leg to and from Mull.” An incredible achievement!
*Fastestknowntime.com has not been updated with this record yet, but FKTs on this route have been recorded in alternative places.