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whereskarl.com to Track Karl Meltzer's Appalachian Trail Speed Record Attempt

Date: 
07/24/2008 - 06:02

whereskarl.jpg July 24, 2008 from press release (PARK CITY, UT) On August 5 Karl Meltzer, the 40-year-old winner of 49 ultra-distance mountain races and record-holder for the most 100-mile trail races won in a year (six in 2006), will begin his attempt to break the record for running the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, end-to-end, north to south. That means he must cover 2,174 mountainous miles in less than 47 hot, humid, buggy days - at a blistering pace of more than 46 miles per day.

And you can follow the whole possibly insane effort online. Whereskarl.com, the official tracking site of Karl's AT record attempt, went live on July 11. The complete site, created by Backcountry.com, replaces a simple blog, which has kept readers up to date for the past three months on Karl�s training and preparations.

The new whereskarl.com features:
* A countdown ticker to start time
* An interactive topo map, with real-time SPOT GPS tracking of Karl's progress
* A daily recap of Karl's goals vs. his actual performance (in terms of miles and hours)
* A contest in which fans can guess Karl�s daily miles and hours, with weekly prizes from Karl's sponsors
* A daily summary of Karl's vitals (heart rates, calories burned)
* A blog, authored by Karl's crew, updated multiple times per day
* A video and image gallery

"With the SPOT unit and the interactive map on the site, people will be able to see my progress in real-time," said Karl Meltzer. "That's a great thing really, because, I'm going to be pretty delirious after day three. I'll be pointing my feet in the right direction and doing what I can to keep moving. So at least everyone else will know where I am."

Karl will spend the majority of his 47-day run alone on the trail, though he will intersect with his crew at crossroads as often as possible. His longest stretch without contact will be 36 miles. He will burn approximately 8,000 calories per day, wear through seven or eight pairs of trail running shoes, consume a small pond's-worth of PowerBar Gel, and listen to countless hours of Grateful Dead. All of this and more will be documented by Karl's crew on the Where's Karls blog.

Karl will be supported during his attempt by Backcountry.com and a cadre of other sponsors, including Marmot, Moeben, SPOT, V.I.O, First Endurance and La Sportiva.

About Backcountry.com
Backcountry.com is an online retailer of performance outdoor adventure gear and apparel. The e-commerce site carries more than 400 brands in various categories, including trail running, backpacking, camping, hiking, climbing, paddling, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and adventure travel. Backcountry.com also operates SteepandCheap.com, Dogfunk.com, Tramdock.com, WhiskeyMilitia.com and Chainlove.com. Backcountry.com is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group (Nasdaq: LINTA).

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