Allegheny Trail Record Attempt – Mongold and Casseday Style

iRunFar readers, in this the year of the long trail record attempts, I wanted to let you know of one […]

By on August 20, 2008 | Comments

iRunFar readers, in this the year of the long trail record attempts, I wanted to let you know of one that is of the utmost of personal interest to me. On August 29, West Virginia mountain men, Bradley Mongold and Adam Casseday, will set off from the WV/PA line at 0500 on Thursday, August 28 to break the fastest known time on the 330-mile (or so) Allegheny Trail.* Rebekah Trittipoe currently holds the record at 8 days. (An account of Rebekah’s Allegheny Trail fastest known time.)

You can follow Casseday and Mongold’s attempt on the blog they set up solely for this effort. The website is up and running now, so check out their summary of their attempt, read up on their crew, and take a look see at the itinerary (Word Document). Live updates will start flowing on August 26 – so mark your calendar, if you have a calendar… we recently burned ours. Kavara Vaughn will be providing frequent updates throughout the event and a dedicated computer geek to keep things going or post voice updates if things come to that. The effort will also be well supported and well photographed. While Mongold doesn’t promise a record, he does promise “suffering, blowdowns, darkness, hillbillies, and wild dogs.”

Mongold lays out the attempt in his own special way:

in case you’re curious, we’re halfway fit, we know the trail better than anyone, and we have the burliest crew ever assembled for a long trail attempt… but will these tools be enough? i do not know. will we fold beneath fatigue, the endless new moon darkness, and the Sirens’ Song of sensibility? will we scream like banshees down Peters Mountain in a new ALT Speed Record?

Rip it up boys.

*It’s worth noting that this is not the woosy Allegheny Trail that runs from Pittsburgh to DC with miles and miles on the C&O Canal. No, these men are taking on the real rock-kickin’, baby-eatin’ deal.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.