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of elevation gain and loss.Horton is targeting an Aug. 14 finish, the Friday before he is due to teach his first class of the fall semester at LU on Aug. Puma Basket Heart Black 17.going to be a challenge, he said.It would put him at the CDT northern trailhead in 69 days, 10 hours, three days longer than his record on the PCT, Puma Heart Basket Size 3
By By Ted Allen Lynchburg News AdvanceBefore Big Brown attempts to win the third leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing Saturday in New York, Liberty University ultra marathon man David Horton will begin his quest to complete the Triple Crown of trail running out West.As he did on the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 1991, running from Maine to Georgia in just over 52 days, and the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2005, running from southern California to northern Washington in a little more than 66 days, Horton will try to set a new speed record on the 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail.Matt Hawzly of England is the current CDT record holder after finishing it in slightly more than 75 days in 2005. That was the same year Horton set the PCT record and Andrew Thompson, a former student of Horton at LU, set the AT mark at 48 days while being crewed for the fourth time by Jonathan Basham.Basham, who set the Colorado Trail speed record in 2006 while being crewed by Thompson, will serve as Horton primary crew support this summer.tickled to death the have JB accompanying me, Horton said. be with me the whole way.He plans to run more than 42 miles per day with an average of 6,000 feet and as much as 12,000 feet Puma Basket Classic On Feet
which was more than 300 miles shorter. If he goes the distance, he will complete a sort of Slam of his own, after also placing third in the 2,900 mile Trans America Footrace in 64 days in 1995.Horton is a man of faith, but he admits to being fearful of the 3,000 miles of mountainous terrain that await him along the rugged and remote CDT.is a hard thing, a very hard thing, Horton said from home last week. to tell you the truth, it scares me.At the same time, the impending trek kindles the spirit of adventure within the 58 year old Horton, who seeks to inspire others to do more than would be possible without a step of faith.is what God has gifted me to do, to encourage others, he said. doesn mean it not going to hurt or be difficult, but the Lord going to bless me through this. I will survive and, Lord willing, I will finish it.Though he is already bothered by a knee injury, Horton is determined to finish the course, even if it isn finished itself.Of the trail 3,100 miles, more than 1,000 are unfinished. That will make it tougher for Horton and Basham to remain on track.probably going to be more challenging (than the Puma Basket Bow
PCT) in trying to find the trail, Horton said. trail is only 70 percent complete so it will be a big challenge staying on course.Besides purchasing all of the maps of the CDT that they could find, they rented satellite phones, one of which Basham will carry in his Toyota truck, and a GPS.we don get lost, but catching each other and meeting up will be a challenge, logistically, Horton said.The CDT is the least traveled of the nation trans continental trails, with one hundredth as many people attempting to through hike or run it as the AT.is called the King of the Trails, Horton said. 3,000 people start the Appalachian Trail every year, 300 start the Pacific Crest Trail and only 30 start the Continental Divide Trail. It so remote.Horton has only run on a small portion of the CDT in the past, all in Colorado.never been on it in New Mexico, Wyoming or Montana, he said.This week, Horton and Basham have gotten a preview of parts of the trail in New Mexico.starting in northern New Mexico and working our way south and stopping at all the major railroad crossings, Basham said by cell phone Monday. a little concern where the trail crosses roads. There a lot of sections in this area that aren very well marked.Basham said throughout Colorado, the CDT is literally on top of the Continental Divide, whereas in New Mexico, it isn always. some areas, you following cattle trails, he said.
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