Darcy Piceu Sets New FKT On The John Muir Trail

This past weekend trail and ultra-runner Darcy Piceu set her second Fastest Known Time (FKT) this year on the John Muir Trail in California.

Photo Courtesy of Darcy Piceu

A HOKA ONE ONE elite trail and ultra-runner, 42-year-old Darcy Piceu, joined the ranks of the recent Fastest Known Time (FKT) successes and set one herself on the John Muir Trail on September 17.

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Piceu tackled the 211-mile trek from the summit of Mount Whitney to Yosemite Valley, while climbing 47,000 feet of elevation. The John Muir Trail starts at 14,496-foot Mount Whitney—the highest mountain in the continental U.S.—before passing through the Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and coming to an end in Yosemite National Park.

Her time of 3 days, 4 hours and 12 minutes bested the previous FKT by over 11 hours. The previous record was set by Sue Johnston in August 2017 with a time of 3 days, 15 hours, 32 minutes.

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“This high-altitude route winds along the Pacific Coast Trail through the Sierra Nevada mountains and features some of America’s most beautiful terrain,” said Piceu in a press release. “With most of the trek spent at 10,000 feet, this challenge played to my strengths as a runner and my training this summer—including an FKT on the Huyauash Circuit in Peru before the Hardrock 100.”