Scott Jurek is going for the Appalachian Trail speed record—again. In 2015, Jurek broke Jennifer Pharr Davis’s northbound record by 3 hours and 13 minutes. But his time of 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes was later shattered by Karel Sabbe in 41 days, 7 hours, and 39 minutes in 2018.

“I feel like I left something on the table,” said Jurek. “The last time was like an on-sight project.”

For this attempt, he’s heading southbound, starting in Maine and finishing the 2,189-mile route in Georgia. Jurek is already four days into the trail, having left on August 4 at 7 A.M. ET. Karl Meltzer set the current southbound record time of 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes in 2016. But Jurek’s goal isn’t simply to break the southbound record. He wants to break 40 days, which would make him the fastest AT thru-hiker of all time in either direction by more than one day.

“The goal is to really go for it,” said Jurek. “Hopefully I can utilize and learn from last time.”

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