The Story Behind Michael Versteeg’s Record 830-Mile Arizona Trail Run

Doug Williams

Michael Versteeg was aware of the 800-plus miles he’d have to run, the mountains he’d have to climb and the lonely stretches of wilderness ahead. As he set out on Oct. 3 in his quest to set a speed record on the Arizona Trail, Versteeg had taken stock of all the obstacles. The Arizona Trail is a beautiful but brutal north-south path from the state line bordering Utah to the Mexican border over forest plateaus, rugged ranges and vast deserts.

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