Crest Trail Record Attempt 2005
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Name: David Horton
Residence: Lynchburg, Virginia
Profession: Professor at Liberty University
Qualifications: 40 ultra-marathon victories, 3rd
place in Trans America footrace, held speed record on Appalachian Trail, held
speed record on the Long Trail in Vermont
is an adventure that will test the body, soul, and spirit of David Horton.
He is determined to achieve his goal. Take part; in whatever way you
can, and be a part of his dream--- help turn it into reality.
David Horton is a long time ultra-runner who lives
in Lynchburg Virginia. He teaches classes (such as Physiology
of Exercise, Exercise Prescription, Personal Health and Running) at Liberty
University. His extensive
background in running (over 95,000 total miles at the end of 2004) includes over
40 victories in ultra-marathon races. Other notable accomplishments
include setting the speed record on the Appalachian Trail (2160 Miles) averaging
over 40 miles per day, completing the Trans-America footrace (2906 miles)
finishing with the third fastest time ever averaging over 45 miles per day and
setting the speed record on the Long Trail in Vermont (the oldest hiking
trail in the U.S.) in 4 days and 22 hours (271 miles).
Beginning on June 4, 2005, David will attempt to set
the speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The PCT is the
longest continuous trail in the U.S (2650 miles). The southern
terminus of the PCT begins at the Mexican border near Campo, California which is
east of San Diego, California. The PCT goes through California
including portions of through the High Sierra Mountains for 1700 miles, across
Oregon for 400 miles, and across Washington for 500 miles ending at the
Canadian/U.S. border near Manning Park in Canada.
Records and trials of the Trail
The present record was set in 2003 by Ray Greenlaw
at just over 83 days. Brian Robinson has the second fastest time of just
over 85 days. Both of these records were set in an unsupported fashion,
they carried backpacks and were not met at road crossings by a support team.
Horton will be attempting to set the speed record in a supported fashion
with a team meeting and crewing him at predetermined points along the trail.
His goals are to set a standard for other runners/hikers to pursue in future
years and to complete the entire PCT in 63 days averaging just over 42
miles per day. The PCT has over 500,000 feet of vertical gain and an equal
amount of loss. Therefore, David must negotiate roughly 16,000 elevation
change each day for over two months-- a monumental task-- to say the least.
Hortonís support team will be made up with a
number of different crews. Supporting him from the start to Kennedy
Meadows (700 miles) will be Dr. Gary Buffington and his wife Millie.
Gary is a retired medical doctor and ultra-runner from Pensacola, Florida.
Brian Robinson and his wife Sophie will support Horton from Kennedy
Meadows to Sierra City (700 to 1200 miles). This area is the highest area
of the PCT. The John Muir Trail and the PCT coincide for most of this area
and there are no road crossings for over 238 miles.
Jonathan Basham will be crewing Horton from Sierra City, California to
the finish. Scott Jurek will also be assisting through Oregon and
Krissy Sybrowsky will assist through Washington. Other friends and
runners will later be added to run with Horton and assist the crews.
Sponsors and how you can help
Besides training, there are many challenges left for
David to address. With Montrail and Patagonia furnishing shoes and
running gear, two major aspects are covered. Areas of critical
need that still exist are: energy/nutritional support, tents, sleeping bags,
small and large packs. Additionally
a crew vehicle and a communications system are important requirements that need
to be procured.
PR and exposure
Hortonís crew will send information to Montrail
where daily reports on Hortonís progress and adventures on the PCT will be
posted to the website. The Montrail
PR coordinator will make contact with regional media sources as Horton moves
north through the western states. Horton
will recount his experience with outdoor/running related magazines and regional
newspapers. This will involve
outdoor enthusiasts and the general public in the adventures that Horton is