Trail Running: 355 Miles with an Extremely Challenging Goal for This Ultra Runner
Added by Dave Schatz on August 26, 2013.
On Sunday, August 25, Kenneth Posner, a runner from New York who, earlier this summer, completed the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run, is attempting to set a new record on a 355 mile trail, the Long Path, which stretches from NYC to Albany, NY. Although the fastest known time for the run is 12 days, according to Posner, he’ll be aiming to complete the run in just seven days. The trail traverses a few of NY’s most beautiful state parks – but also much of its most rugged terrain.
“To be successful, I’ll need to cover 50 miles per day and manage through a number of challenges, including limited sleep and food, moving at night, rough trails, elevation gain, inclement weather, wildlife, and the risk of running-related injury,” he writes.
Additionally, Posner will run “self-supported,” he states on his “Team for Kids” profile page. “Team for Kids” is an organization made up of adult runners. They raise funds for New York Road Runners (NYRR) youth services while actually training for endurance events. Posner blends a special wish into his self planned trail run:
“In connection with my Long Path attempt, I’d like to encourage people to make a difference by helping young people get access to fitness programs. This is particularly important in an age of budget pressures, because many public schools have cut back on physical education. This is a shame, because physical education not only teaches kids how to live longer, healthier lives, but also helps them do better in school.”
Although Posner will come up against a “number of challenges” such as limited food and sleep, rough terrain, night time running, hostile wildlife and possible inclement weather or injury, he may purchase food at the “occasional retail establishment,” he states.
He won’t have the usual support crew, or aid stations that ultra runners normally take advantage of to keep their spirits high; or consume a meal, energy snack, get first aid or even a little well needed body work on the course. This is because he is carrying his own supplies and not relying on any support crews. However, yesterday a group of five friends, all dedicated trail runners themselves, joined him for 21 scenic miles from the New Jersey State Line to Hook Mountain, before getting “left in the dust,” as one of them jokingly described.
An update on his progress was posted on FB this morning by another friend. “Ken entered Orange County early this morning, and as of 11:00am, is at the Turkey Hill Road parking area in Harriman State Park. Next up: The Torrey Memorial, which is just a short climb from the parking area.”