Don’t get trampled

January 15, 2008

Karl MeltzerIf you’re planning to hike the Appalachian Trail this summer, keep your wits about you.

No, I’m not warning about the dangers of being attacked on the trail, the recent tragic story in Georgia notwithstanding.

If someone comes running up from behind you, it might be an ultra-marathoner trying to beat the AT thru-hike record.

A couple weeks ago I noted that Lonnie Owens of Tucson said he plans to thru-hike, or rather, run, it in 30 days.

Now, “Speedgoat Karl” Meltzer says he’s also planning to break the current thru-hike record of 47 days, though he doesn’t say how long he expects it will take him.