Last summer, Scott Jurek turned himself inside-out to break one of the country’s most spectacular trail running records. The 42-year-old ultrarunning legend from Boulder, Colo., set a new fastest known time (FKT) traversing the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin in Maine. With help from his wife, Jenny, and a small crew of trail running friends, Jurek covered the 2,189-mile trail in 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes—breaking the previous record by about 3 hours. Already one of the most accomplished trail runners in history—with seven straight Western States 100 titles to his credit from 1999-2005—Jurek added one more amazing accomplishment to his career with the new AT mark.
On July 29, Brooks will be launching a special limited edition version of its Cascadia 11 trail running shoe called the Cascadia 2189. (Only 2,189 pairs will be sold!) The shoe has a red, blue, gray and gold color motif with a reflective silver Brooks logo. It features an outsole made with recycled rubber from the shoes that Jurek actually wore during his record-setting jaunt. The webbing of the upper, the outsole and the heel counter also feature commemorative touches. The shoe box is adorned with a map and inspirational details of his run.
It will be available online at a special page on BrooksRunning.com and at select retail shops around the U.S. for $160. (In the meantime, there’s a chance to win a pair from that page.) For every pair it sells, Brooks will donate $5 to the National Parks Foundation to help enhance parks and protect outdoor spaces. (The shoe will also be available in Japan on Aug. 15 and in France on Aug. 22.)
“The Cascadia 2189 is a total celebration of human spirit and the accomplishments runners experience of all sizes and types,” says Brooks global director of brand marketing Stephen Chung. “The shoe is an invitation to runners to reflect on the varied meanings of achievement, daring them to embark on an adventure to discover the power of the run in their own lives.”