Vt. Native Breaks Long Trail Record

08/20/12 12:50PM By Jane Lindholm, Ric Cengeri
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Photo: Courtesy, Jaime Jacobsen
Nikki Kimball (center) and her lead pacers, Dennis Ball and Jenny Pierce, at the finish - Southern Terminus of the Long Trail at the Vermont-Massachusetts state line near Williamstown, MA.
Hikers up and down the Long Trail last week had to move aside for someone taking the hills at breakneck pace.

Ultra-runner and Vermont native Nikki Kimball ran the 272-mile Long Trail in 5 days, 7 hours and 42 minutes, smashing the previous women's record on the trail.

Along the way, Kimball was raising money for the nonprofit Vermont organization, Girls on the Run. And she had a film crew capturing her agonizing and inspiring race against time.

Nikki Kimball spoke with Vermont Edition about how she did and what challenges she faced.

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