Appalachian Assault: 5 Days Until Lift Off!

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We’re just five days away from Karl Meltzer’s Appalachian Assault getting underway. According to the latest post at, Karl is en route to Maine, as prepares to embark on his journey.

The Appalachian Assault is a speed attempt on the Appalachian Trail. Karl is an endurance athlete and trail runner who hopes to cover the entire 2,174 miles of the AT in just 47 days, averaging over 46 miles per day. You’ll be able to track his progress on the front page of the website, as he’ll be carrying a SPOT Messenger, which I had first hand experience with at Primal Quest, and should allow for very accurate updates on exactly where Karl is located at all times.

Once the Assault gets underway next week, the team promises to have regular blog posts, updates to their Flickr stream and more, including Twitter updates for those so inclined.

This should be a great event to follow and I wish Karl the best of luck. Hopefully he’ll be safe and healthy and in a position to really make a run at this new speed record.

Update: There is a cool article on Karl in todays Salt Lake City . You can read it here.

Kraig Becker

5 thoughts on “Appalachian Assault: 5 Days Until Lift Off!”

  1. So essentially, this guy is running 2 marathons a day over difficult, uneven terrain?! Talk about insane.

  2. I’m looking forward to it as well. I think I’ve been posting “countdown” updates for nearly two months now. I’m ready to get it underway. Should be fun to watch.

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