On Sunday, August 25, Trail Conference member and New York ultra-runner Kenneth Posner will start his attempt to complete an end-to-end thru-run of and set a new self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Long Path, a 355-mile trail starting at the base of the George Washington Bridge just outside New York City and ending just short of Albany, New York. Of the 119 known end-to-end thru-hikers of the Long Path, the fastest known time is 12 days. Posner will attempt to complete the Long Path in 7 days, which will require him to average roughly 50 miles per day. The major challenges Posner will face include: limited sleep and food, rough terrain, moving at night, inclement weather, and injury.
In connection with this attempt, Posner will be raising funds for New York Road Runners’ (NYRR) youth fitness programs which provide free resources to children with little or no access to physical activity in underserved areas in New York and across the USA. “In our increasingly sedentary culture, lack of exercise and poor diet are major risk factors contributing to health problems and the spiraling costs of healthcare,” Posner says. “I am especially concerned about young people whose schools have cut back on physical education for budgetary reasons.” NYRR’s youth running programs, and resources such as the new P. E. Lesson Plans provide teachers with the tools to help even the youngest students learn fundamentals such as form and pacing. “I believe that NYRR’s programs are worthy of our support,” Posner says.
About the Long Path
- Currently begins at the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge
- Passes through many of New York’s finest parks and preserves, including Harriman, Minnewaska, and the Catskills
- Is built and maintained by volunteers organized under the auspices of the NY-NJ Trail Conference
- Parts of the course include extremely rugged hiking trails with significant elevation gain
- Most difficult portion is Devil’s Path in the Catskill Mountains, called “one of America’s six most dangerous hikes” by the Sierra Club.
To sponsor Posner in his FKT attempt and make a donation to NYRR youth fitness programs, please visit http://www.runwithtfk.org/Profile/PublicPage/3176
Keep up with Ken’s progress (you must be a member and logged in): www.facebook.com/goposner