Scott Jurek Breaks Appalachian Trail Record Wearing Brooks Gear

Trekking the Appalachian Trail has become something of a rite of passage for outdoor enthusiasts, but no one has done it quite like ultramarathoner Scott Jurek.

On Sunday, the 41-year-old reached the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine and broke a record for the 2,200-mile thru-hike, finishing in an astonishing 46 days and 8 hours. For reference, the typical thru-hike — which begins at Springer Mountain in Georgia and ends atop Katahdin — takes five to seven months to complete.

Jurek, a committed vegan and author of the book “Eat & Run,” posted updates on social media throughout the race and celebrated at the summit with several friends, including photographer Luis Escobar, who captured these images:

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Scott Jurek reaches the summit of Maine’s Mount Katahdin, breaking an Appalachian Trail record.
CREDIT: coutesy of Luis Escobar
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Scott Jurek and his wife, Jenny, celebrate his record-breaking thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail.
CREDIT: courtesy of Luis Escobar
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Scott Jurek celebrated with friends at the summit of Mount Katahdin.
CREDIT: courtesy of Luis Escobar

Jurek was outfitted with all the latest gear from his sponsor partner, Brooks, including the brand’s PureGrit 4 and Cascadia 10 footwear.

The PureGrit 4 is a lightweight, neutral trail-running shoe that take cues from climbing shoes, with hexagonal lugs that offer maximal grip. It also has Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA midsole and a protective EVA rock shield.

The Cascadia 10 trail runner weighs in at 11.6 ounces and has a full-length, segmented crash pad, making it ideal for tricky terrain.

Both styles are currently available on Brooksrunning.com and at major sporting goods chains and independent running stores.

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