Fleming sets new Appalachian Trail record

Ultra-runner Karel Sabbe has set a new record on the Appalachian Trail.  The dentist from Ghent covered the distance in 41 days and 7 hours.  This corresponds to two marathons a day.

Sabbe's performance improves the last record by four days.

The Trail covers 3,500 kilometres from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.  It is really intended for hikers.  The 28-year-old covered the distance running, averaging over 85 kilometres a day.  On average Sabbe climbed 3,400 metres a day.  That's three times up and down Mt Everest!  Most people cover the distance in 4 to 6 months, but Sabbe did it in 6 weeks.

"It was extremely demanding, but incredible as an experience and for views of nature.  I worked to prepare for it for a year, trained a lot and prepared mentally."

"Of course there were difficult moments, but you may never think of giving up.  Blows, injuries and painful feet, but we had to keep going."