I have mixed feelings about this sort of thing, but it's noteworthy that accomplished ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek just set a new record for fastest assisted Appalachian Trail thru-hike. He covered the 2,189 miles in just 46 days, 8 hours, and 8 minutes. This new record narrowly bested Jennifer Pharr Davis‘s 2011 record of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. I want to be gracious and recognize everyone's right to hike their own hike in their style, but I do hate seeing backcountry hiking turned into an athletic competition. I hope he managed a few moments of wonder along the way.