Longtrail 100 BlogBy Steve Zind
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Trail, I'm going to attempt to break the existing speed record for running it end-to-end (4 days, 12 hours, 46 minutes). I'll be doing this run as a fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (where I was treated in 2003-2004) from August 23-27. My blog - Run 192 - will have updates throughout the adventure and I will be wearing a GPS tracking device for people to follow along with my progress.I would also like to mention, and this is very important for me to make clear, I am very much a lover of nature and have the utmost respect for those who work long hours to maintain this country's great trails, such as the Long Trail. I follow all LNT rules and respect every mile of trail I cover, and never abuse my privilege to enjoy nature in any way. I grew up hiking the mountains and trails of New England, and take pride in the many hour or trail work I've done in the region over the years. All the best, Dan Rose
VPR is marking the 100th anniversary of The Long Trail with a month-long series of reports and essays. Through this series, we'll explore the history and future of The Long Trail and introduce listeners to the people who built, maintain and hike it today.