Karl Meltzer

Man Sets Appalachian Trail Record While Drinking Beer and Eating Candy

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Ultra runner Karl Meltzer traveled 2,190 miles in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes

Karl Meltzer, 48, set a new record for completing the Appalachian Trail: 2,190 miles spanning 14 states in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes.

Meltzer’s diet couldn’t have been more different from that of Scott Jurek, the former record-holder who sustained himself on a vegan diet, The New York Times reported. Instead, Meltzer “capped each night with one or two beers and left from rest stops with rainbow-colored Spree candy, Three Musketeers chocolate bars, and bacon in his pockets.”

He slept fewer than seven hours each night and consumed energy drinks every 10 miles. Upon completing the trek, Meltzer rewarded himself with a pepperoni pizza and a beer.

Meltzer previously attempted to set the record two other times. In 2008, he was still a week off from the record, and in 2014, he dropped out with 600 miles left.

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