Ultrarunner Accomplishes Huge Feat in 51 Days, 16 Hours and 55 Minutes
“Training your body, both physically and mentally, for a challenge like the Pacific Crest Trail is a full-on experience. When it all comes together in moments like these, the sense of gratitude for the hours of preparation that you have put in is quite overwhelming,” says adidas Terrex athlete Timothy Olson. “I couldn’t have imagined a better way to finish than with my family alongside me, and I’m eternally grateful for the unrelenting support they’ve given me, not only over the past 51+ days but also in the buildup to this incredible moment. For me, the opportunity to connect with this beautiful land and run this challenging trail was a deeply moving and spiritual experience. I felt more in harmony with nature and my body than ever before, and that is something that will nurture me for the rest of my life.”
Extending 2,650 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border to Canada, on July 22, 2021 adidas Terrex ultrarunner Timothy Olson set a groundbreaking new record for the Fastest Known Time (FKT) across the PCT, clocking in at 51 days, 16 hours and 55 minutes (preliminary calculation). The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is the most iconic footpath in the United States and beyond. Amidst the peak summer heat wave and traversing across the most demanding terrain west of the Mississippi, Olson – accompanied his support team including his expecting wife and two children, began his journey on June 1st from the south while averaging over 51 miles and more than 8,000 ft of vertical gain per day to the north ultimately accomplishing the feat ending at the Pacific Crest Trail Northern Terminus.
Beyond the physical and logistical challenges that conquering the entire length of the PCT presents, choosing the correct apparel and equipment is key. Olson’s main shoe of choice was the adidas Terrex Speed Ultra, while integrating other Terrex models such as the Terrex Two Parley and Terrex Agravic Boa. In terms of apparel, the Agravic Pro range was an essential element kit of choice, providing him with optimum breathability and protection from the huge variety of conditions he is likely to endure on his journey north.
“A huge congratulations to Timothy Olson for setting the Fastest Known Time on the Pacific Crest Trail. Helping people push the boundaries of possibility is one of our core missions here at adidas Outdoor, not only for the sake of the individual accomplishment from athletes such as Timothy, but also for the inspiration that they spread across the globe,” says Carla Murphy, General Manager adidas Outdoor.
Get the Terrex gear Olson took on his quest to run the entire PCT in the Fastest Known Time at adidas.com/outdoor-trail_running, and make sure you follow @timothyallenolson and @adidasterrex to see all of the content from his challenge.
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