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7 of the best running trails in America

By: Katherine Butler on Sept. 19, 2016, 10:18 a.m.
The Appalachian Trail

Photo: Nicholas Tonelli/flickr

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The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail runs 2,181 miles from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mount Katahdin, Maine. It takes its runners (as well as hikers and bikers) through the incredible flora and fauna of places like the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Hundred-Mile Wilderness in Maine. It’s become a bucket list destination for ultra runners. Currently, the fastest-known time for running the Appalachian Trail is held by ultra runner Karl Meltzer, who ran the entire length in 45 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes, finishing on Sept. 18, 2016. He beat the previous record, set by fellow ultra runner Scott Jurek in July 2015, by about 10 hours.

Want to run it in five minutes? Here’s a time-lapse video taken by hiker Kevin Gallagher.