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15 Things that Got Scott Jurek Through the Appalachian Trail

Last week, Brooks ultra running legend Scott Jurek climbed to the peak of Mt. Katahdin in Maine to finish running the Appalachian Trail from beginning to end. His time of 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes was good for a new speed record on the trail, marking another monstrous notch in the belt for Scott.

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He may have spent most of the 2,189-mile trail alone in the woods, but the things he did have with him made all the difference in getting from Georgia to Maine in record time. Runners know the the importance of the right gear, so here are the 15 things that got Scott through his adventure:

1. Brooks PureGrit 4 and Cascadia 10

2. Pro-Tec shin and thigh compression wraps

3. Tofurkey meat alternative products

4. Ultimate Direction Signature Series vest

5. Clif Organic Energy Food

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6. Black Diamond z-poles

7. So Delicious coconut milk ice cream

8. Black Diamond Icon headlamp

9. Brooks Infiniti Short Tight

10. Sliced watermelon

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11. Anti-Gravity Gear profile maps and the AWOL 2015 Northbound AT Guide

12. Yeti Cooler Tundra 50

13. Brooks LSD Jacket

14. NormaTec Recovery System

15. Smoothies with fruit, protein powder, and Essential Living Foods Organic Athletic Fuel

More Tips from Scott: 10 Trail Running Essentials

If we could add a No. 16 for Scott, we’d say a healthy dose of grit, motivation and guts helped, too.

Feeling ready to take on a trail of your own? Tell us about your next trail adventure in the comments.

Photos by Luis Escobar

About Derek
I’m a runner, a writer, and a shoe lover who enjoys morning coffee, travel, singing in the car, and getting legitimately lost on trail runs. Three things I can’t live without: bubble tea, Fridays, and my Brooks PureFlow’s.
  1. Adam Bradley

    I am sincerely disappointed in the lack
    of humility and respect for the trail. I used to think highly of
    your running career. The style in which you broke the women’s record
    ( lowering it by some 3 hours ) by having a vehicle follow you and
    meet you at every road crossing, never sleeping a night in the woods
    isn’t something to emulate. I hope everyone who attempts your record
    in the future carefully weighs the impacts of a car polluting up and
    down the trail so that one person may walk the trail a few hours
    faster than you. I believe your lack of respect for our planets
    dwindling resources while selfishly pursuing your own personal goals
    on one of Americas long distance trails shows a lack of consciousness
    of the impacts your having. It is no coincidence that you lack
    respect for other trail users and the rules and regulations of the
    parks you traversed through. I don’t believe you have any respect
    for the Appalachian Trail. If you did, you would have ( as noted by
    others below) taken an opportunity to discuss the situation and the
    challenges the trail and the parks it traverses through faces.
    Instead you painted the BSP park officials as singling you out.

    How your van supported camping
    adventure on the AT qualifies you for adventurer of the year is
    boggling. Hell, Warren Doyle has traversed the AT 17 times by

    I would also maintain that you don’t
    have the proper skills to tackle some of Americas more wilderness
    trails that lack road access. If your specialty is running aid
    station to aid station or sleeping at trailheads in a van – it may
    be best to leave the long trails to those with proper skill and
    attention to style. That would include respect for the rules,
    regulations and land managers whose wilds you traverse.

    Recycling your bar wrappers and
    carrying your toilet paper to trailheads doesn’t offset the CO2 your
    vehicle emitted while following you. Maybe purchase carbon offsets
    if you really have to rely on vehicle support.

    Below is a photo of how a good friend
    and mentor of mine celebrated our record at the northern terminus of
    the PCT. I was proud that our trip was the first of its kind and
    there was absolutely no controversy. No vehicles following us. My
    bud on the right did the entire trip with a budget of 800$, some hand
    me down shoes and home made bars. I also raised 4,000$ for land
    acquisition along the PCT in southern Oregon. I love these long
    distance trails and believe we are very lucky to have them. 7 years
    later I can’t say that the accomplishment means much to me anymore.
    It hasn’t deepened my connection to our planet nor did it improve my
    relationship with others whom I shared the trail with. Personally I
    am embarrassed by my record seeking behavior and have attempted to
    distance myself from it.

    I strongly urge you and anyone who
    emulates your AT record to carefully weigh the impacts to the planet,
    the trail and the other users. Is lowering the record by a few hours
    really worth it? Someday when Mt. Katahdin is no longer the northern
    terminus of the Appalachian Trail what role will each of us have
    played in that? Was our role positive? As adults and ambassadors to
    the trail if we couldn’t handle the responsibility of behaving
    properly in BSP I will be let down.

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