Ultra-runner reflects on record-breaking 800-mile Arizona Trail run

Cronkite News

Michael Boylan

“I don’t envy myself for going through that,” ultra-runner Michael Versteeg said with a laugh. “That” would be his successful attempt at completing the 800-mile Arizona Trail, which stretches from Utah down to Mexico, faster than it has ever been done on foot. While most in Arizona were fast asleep on the morning of Oct. 19, Versteeg, 31, was shattering a record at the Arizona-Mexico border. At 4:41 a.m. that day, he completed the Arizona Trail after 15 days, 22 hours, 39 minutes, besting the previous fastest known time of 21 days, 14 hours, 16 minutes set by Adam Bradley in 2011.

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