If you’re a runner, you’ve probably heard of them. An FKT is a timed attempt to complete a particular route or trail faster than anyone else has done it before. They may be done alone or with a partner or group and can be supported or unsupported. In recent years, FKTs have become increasingly popular among trail runners to push themselves to their limits, sometimes in lieu of organized races. FKTs are a wonderful way to test your ability while also connecting to the wilderness spaces we all love.
PATH projects KREW member Alex Barkley is no stranger to Fastest Known Time attempts. Recently Alex Barkley attempted to break the unsupported Wonderland FKT, a viciously beautiful trail that circumnavigates Mount Rainier in 93 miles with 22,000ft of elevation change.
Most trail and road races have been canceled in the near future and many runners are figuring out what challenges to take on next. From virtual races, to trail adventures and Fastest Known Time attempts, there are still plenty of options out there. Learn more about the best way to plan your FKT attempt, guidelines, premiere routes, verification and more!