Appalachian Trail Speed Record

The Speed Record for the Appalachian Trail is now 48 days, 20 hours and 11 minutes. This new record breaks the old record set in 1991 by David Horton, an ultrarunner from Virginia. If the Speed Record on the Appalachian Trail interests you, be sure to check out A Quest for Adventure. This book chronicles David's 52 day record setting run on the AT as well as David's Trans-America run. bookvs.jpg (35102 bytes)
Starting Date: May 10, 1999

Who: Pete Palmer

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Short Bio: Pete is a 46 year old ultrarunner from Connecticut.   He has  two children, Daniel and Lesley. Running career started 13 years ago. Pete's first ultra was the MMTR in 1993. Interestingly, Pete is also an avid golfer. In 1998 he shot a 108 in 52 minutes.

Starting date for the record attempt is May 10th at 3:00 PM. The plan is to average 14 hours per day at 3 miles per hour. If this pace is maintained the time will be 51 days and 12 hours.

Ed Kostak from New Hartford, CT and Vic LaPort from Clarksburg, MA will be crewing for the first two weeks. Following that, Bruce Heim from Bristol, CT will take over until David Blair (Lone Wolf) arrives around May 25th.

Most nights will be spent on the trail with an occasional hotel stay thrown in. Most of the trail will be covered solo.


1st Report - May 15, 1999

We received an e-mail that gives some basic information about how Pete is doing. We are trying to get more specific info. One of the problems we will encounter in reporting where he is in relation to David's record will be his 3:00 PM start time.

Included below is the e-mail we recieved. Pete is "Cujo" This translates to him being a little bit ahead of David's record. (The best we can determine from the info given)


CUJO arrived at Fontana Dam 9:00am Friday 5/14/99.
Spirits HIGH -
Minor foot problem-
VOLCANO hiking next 31 miles with CUJO to Clingmans Dome.

Will be in touch


If anyone has any further information please pass it along to David at

2nd Report - May 16, 1999

Below is an e-mail received on Sunday.


4:45pm Sunday May 16, 1999

CUJO just passed through Hot Springs NC

Feelin' fine and spirits are HIGH.

Plans to do another 6 miles and then call it a day.

I hiked 20 miles with CUJO from Patch Mountain to Hot Springs

Will be in touch!!


From this info the best we can calculate Pete is averaging 42.2 miles per day. This is right in line with his plan of 14 hours per day at 3 miles per hour.

3rd Report - May 18, 1999


5:55pm  May 18, 1999

CUJO passed through Indiana Grave Gap, TN/NC, State Line 3:30pm this day
(May 18, 1999)..

He will finish the days hike at Iron Mountain Gap, another 10.8 miles

This will give him a total of 43.5 miles for this day (May 18, 1999),
a 6:00am start from Sam's Gap.

Mileage totals for the previous days are:

   DAY          MILES           HOURS

     1                20                   6:00   (3:00PM start)
     2                46.8              14:15
     3                45.9              14:10
     4                42.6              14:15
     5                40                 13:28
     6                41.6              12:57
     7                39.3              12:42
     8                37.5              11:32
     TOTAL   313.7 miles

CUJO spirits remain HIGH!!!!
Minor foot Problems

Will be in touch


4th Report - May 22, 1999

E-Mail received May 21, 1999 2:00pm


Update on CUJO's progress..

Wednesday 5/19/99
Started Iron Mountain Gap
Finished Dennis Cove Road
went 46.5 miles - 15:12 hours
accumulative - 403.7 miles

Thursday 5/20/99
Started Dennis Cove Road
Finished in Damascus
went 50.6 miles - 15:09 hours
accumulative - 454.3 miles

Friday 5/21/99
Started 5:45am from damascus expecting to cover 40.7 miles and finish the day at Virginia 603-Fox Creek in the early evening.

Everything is going smooth and CUJO is doing fine.

Will be in touch


P.S.  Flap and Volcano have been relieved by Clamcakes.


5th Report - May 26, 1999 - Includes two separate reports

Received May 22, 1999


CUJO finished Friday's hike at VA 603, Fox Creek.  His day total was 40.7

miles, and his time was 13:05 hours.

Saturday, May 22, 1999, CUJO left Fox Creek at 5:52 AM.  He encountered
thundershowers for a few hours in the morning, otherwise, it was another
smooth trip.  He arrived at VA 610 at 7:30 PM.  His day total was 44.4
miles, and his time was 13:22.

`til next time,



Received Tuesday May 25, 1999


Here is the latest info on CUJO's progress.

Sunday, May 23, 1999.  CUJO started at VA 610 and finished at I-77. His
hiking time was 11:50, and he covered 35.9 miles.

Monday, May 24, 1999.  CUJO started at I-77 and finished at Stillhouse
Branch Rd., VA 641.  His hiking time was 13:55, and he covered 43.6
His cumulative mileage is now 618.9.

`til next time,


6th Report - May 31, 1999


Received the following from  CUJO  yesterday evening:

Tuesday, May 25, 1999.  CUJO started at Stillhouse Branch Rd., VA 641 and

finished at Craig Creek Valley, VA 621. His hiking time was 16:15, and he

covered 49.1 miles.

Wednesday, May 26, 1999.  CUJO started at  Craig Creek Valley, VA 621 and

finished at VA 652.  His hiking time was 14:35, and he covered 42.2
His cumulative mileage is now 710.2.

`til next time,


On Saturday May 29th, David drove out to see Pete. Pete had stayed at Hog Camp Gap. (Right off the Masochist course to the left before entering the loop for those who have run the MMTR) David was able to get a few pictures and walk with Pete for a few miles. The report straight from David is Pete is doing very well. He is following his plan (3 miles per hour for approximately 14 hours per day) very closely. Occasionally he will get a few more miles or a few less depending on the road crossings. Pete said his feet are a little sore but no blisters. He has had very good weather without the high heat and humidity normally associated with this time of the year. Today (May 31st) it is supposed to be in the high 80's in Lynchburg with the same weather continuing for most of the week.

Here are the stats for the last couple of days:

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Overlook halfway down the Priest Bridge crossing the Tye River


5/27 - VA 652 to Petites Gap. Started at 5:46 AM and ended at 7:45 PM Covered 44 miles.

5/28 Started at 5:22 AM and arrived at Hog Camp Gap at 6:12PM Coverd 38.3 miles.

5/29 Started at 5:25 AM and was hoping to get to Rockfish Gap which would have been a total of 46.3 miles. Might have stopped at Humpback Rocks (39.5 miles)  We have not heard yet.

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Pete and crew (Bruce Hiem)

For those that are interested in such things. Pete is approximately 100 miles ahead of David's 1991 pace.

7th Report - June 3, 1999

Saturday May 29, 1999.  CUJO  finished at Rockfish Gap, US 250, I-64. His

hiking time was 14:35, and he covered 46.3 miles.

Sunday, May 30, 1999.  CUJO started at  Rockfish Gap and finished at
Roach Gap.  His hiking time was 11:48, and he covered 40.2 miles.

Monday, May 31, 1999.  CUJO started at  Smith Roach Gap and finished at
Beahms Gap.  His hiking time was 12:58, and he covered 42.4 miles.

`til next time,


Tuesday, June 1, 1999.  CUJO started at  Beahms Gap and finished at Ashby

Gap.  His hiking time was 14:20, and he covered 44.8 miles.

Wednesday,  June 2, 1999.  CUJO started at  Ashby Gap and finished at
Weverton.  His hiking time was 13:05, and he covered 37.2 miles.

`til next time,


8th Report - June 7, 1999

Thursday June 3, 1999 started at Weverton, PA at 5:25am fand finished at
Forge Road at 6:55pm.  Mileage for the day 44.7 in 13.5 hours

Friday, June 4, 1999 started at Old Forge Road at 5:14am and finished at
8:00pm.  Mileage for the day 53.4 in 14:46 hours

cumulative mileage to date 1101.5 miles

will be in touch


9th Report - June 8, 1999


update on CUJO progress.

everything going great.

Saturday, June 5, 1999 started at PA 944 and finsihed up at PA 443
total miles 54.4 in 15:17 hours.

Sunday, June 6, 1999 started at PA 443 and  finished  up at Hawk Mountain

Road , total miles 51.7 in 14:58 hours.


cumulative miles to date 1207.6

will be in touch


10th Report - June 10, 1999


CUJO's progress report:

Monday, June 7, 1999 started at Hawk Mountain Road finsihed at Wind Gap.     45.5  miles in 14:21 hours.

Tuesday, June 8, 1999 started at Wind Gap and finished at Culvers Gap 44 miles in 14:11 hours

cumulative miles to date 1297.1 miles

CUJO expects to be in Connecticut on Saturday morning June 12, 1999.

Everything is going great

Will be in touch


11th Report - June 15, 1999


CUJO's progress report

Friday, June 11, 1999 started at dennytown road and finished at Kent, CT
49.2 miles in 14:36 hours.

Saturday, started at Kent, CT and finished up at MA/CT state Line for
hours in 12:27 hours

cumulative miles 1482.5.

Things are going great and CUJO is feeling fine!!!

will be in touch


th Report - June 18, 1999


CUJO's progress Report

Tuesday, June 15, 1999 started at Mill Road, VT finished up at VT 11/30
51.3 miles in 15:50 hours.

Wednesday, June 16, 1999 started Vt 11/30 finsihed up at US4 for 48.6
in 15:44 hours

cumulative miles 1674.6

Many of CUJO's fellow Connecticut runners came out to support him over
weekend (6/12 & 6/13) as he traveled through Connecticut and

A gathering of 20 or more family members and friends came to meet him in
Falls Village, CT.

Bruce "Clamcake" Hiem and Ed "Vulcano" Kostak supported CUJO through CT
MA and Tom "RX" Buckley continued support through Danby, VT.

will be in touch


13th Report - June 20, 1999


CUJO's progress report:

Thursday, June 17, 1999 started at River Road and finished up at New
hampshire 120 for 44.4 miles in 14:50 hours.

Friday, June 18, 1999 started at New Hampshire 120 and finsihed up at
Glencliff for 44 miles in 14:33 hours.

cumulative miles 1763

Things are lookin' good.

will be in touch


14th Report - June 25, 1999


CUJO's progress report June 21, 1999 4:20pm

Saturday, June 19, 1999 started at Glencliff and finished at Gale Head
for 37.5 miles in 16:17 hours.

Sunday, June 20, 1999 started at Gale Head Hut and finsihsed up at
Knotch for 40.7 miles in 16:03 Hours

cumulative miles 1841.2.

I shamefully omitted Bert Meyers name on my 6/12 and 6/13 progress
Bert not only supported Cujo on the trails, he also fed CUJO and the crew

and furnished sleeping quarters for us all.  Sorry Bert and many thanks.

Things are going fine.

Will be in touch


15th Report and Final Report - June 28, 1999


June 23, 1999 Wednesday 8:30pm

Monday June 21, 1999 started at Pinkham Knotch and finished up at Carlo
Shelter for 38.1 miles in 16:06 hours.

Tuesday, June 22, 1999 started at Carlo Col Shelter and finished up at
Arm Road for 34.5 miles in 15 hours.

cumulative miles 1913.8 miles.

David, CUJO sends his congrats!!! on your Long Trail Record. He hopes
you understand his delay in sending this message - he has been very

Everything still going smoothly and remaining healthy.

will be in touch



june 28, 1999 6:45pm

Sunday, June 27, 1999 started at White Cap Mt. and finished at Primative
Camp, Abol Bridge for 57.4 miles in 19:41 hours.

Monday, June 28, 1999 started at Primative Camp, Abol Bridge and finished
at the Summit of Katahdin for 15.4 miles in 5:55 hours.





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