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:
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.