On March 13, American runner Tyler Andrews set a pair of quickest identified instances (FKTs) on Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, breaking the report for the quickest ascent in addition to for quickest spherical journey. Andrews, who owns dozens of FKTs, made it to the height of Kilimanjaro in 4 hours and 32 minutes, and he stopped the clock on the base of the mountain for a remaining time of six hours, 37 minutes.
Standing at 5,895m, Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. Andrews’s total trek on the mountain ended up simply shy of a marathon–he crossed the end line after 40 km of working. For some FKTs, challengers should persist with a set route, however for the information on Kilimanjaro, runners can go any manner they like, and so long as they attain the summit and get again down, their outcomes might be record-eligible.
There’s additionally the matter of working supported, self-supported or unsupported. To go supported means the runner had a crew with them to assist ship meals, water or every other provides or support they could have wanted in the course of the run. Self-supported means the runner didn’t have a crew, however they did stash provides alongside the route. Lastly, there’s the choice to run unsupported (which is how Andrews determined to sort out Kilimanjaro), that means the runner has no crew and no mid-route stashes—she or he should carry every little thing they’ll want.
On the FKT web site, there isn’t any unsupported ascent report listed, so the time to beat for Andrews was the supported mark. This belonged to Ecuadorian athlete Karl Egloff, who made the journey up Kilimanjaro in 4 hours and 56 minutes again in 2014. (When Egloff ran his FKT, he beat ultrarunning legend Kilian Jornet‘s earlier report by 27 minutes.)
For the round-trip FKT, there was an unsupported report for Andrews to chase. The time to beat was 9 hours and 22 minutes, which Tanzanian native Simon Mtuy ran again in 2006. Elgoff additionally owned the supported spherical journey FKT with a time of six hours and 42 minutes. (Seeing as there’s an unsupported spherical journey FKT, it stands to purpose that there needs to be an ascent report as properly. The absence of an ascent time isn’t defined on the FKT web site, but it surely’s doubtless that Mtuy merely didn’t submit a time for the climb, however somewhat simply your entire run.)
Andrews breaks the information
Regardless of working unsupported, Andrews had no hassle beating Egloff’s FKT on the ascent. He lined the climb in 4 hours, 32 minutes, beating Egloff’s report by near half an hour. For many individuals, this could be sufficient racing for the day, and a relaxed stroll again down the mountain can be a welcome break. That was not the case for Andrews, nevertheless, and he was solely midway via the route.
He flew down the route, masking the descent very effectively. He reached the underside in slightly over two hours, clocking a remaining time of six hours and 37 minutes. This time not solely smashed Mtuy’s earlier unsupported report, however Andrews was additionally capable of simply squeeze beneath Egloff’s supported FKT outcome, beating the mark by 5 minutes.
Andrews’s remaining time labored out to a median tempo of 9:53 per kilometre, which is extraordinarily spectacular contemplating he lined hundreds of metres of elevation acquire all through the run. To view his full run knowledge, click on right here.