Ben will attempt a charity run to set the fastest known time on the nearly 1200-mile Mountains-To-Sea Trail (MST) in May 2019. The run will benefit the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to help with recovery efforts in North Carolina after the recent hurricanes.
He will set off from Clingman’s Dome on the far-western edge of North Carolina on Saturday, May 11th and travel by foot through 37 counties to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks in 24 days. The journey includes climbing both the highest peak and highest sand dune in the eastern United States, two ferry rides and traveling through four national parks.
Unlike many who attempt fastest known time records on long trails, Ben is not an elite ultra-runner. He has never won a race of any distance, he cannot run a world-class mile time and he has no formal running training. In 2012-2013, he lost 100 pounds in an effort to become healthier and began running afterward to keep off the weight. He completed a 50K, his first race of any distance, after moving to North Carolina in 2014 and has since finished 10 additional marathons and ultramarathons.
For more information about the run, please read Ben’s blog post announcement.
To make a donation to the Friends of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail in support of the run, please click here.