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2,600 Miles in 46 Days: Watch Karel Sabbe Crush the Pacific Crest Trail

Take a long walk with Karel Sabbe, who averaged 50 miles a day in his record-setting run of the PCT.

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Karel Sabbe must really, really love the Pacific Crest Trail. The Belgian dentist already set a Fastest Known Time on the massive 2,650-mile trail in 2016. But he still wasn’t satisfied. He felt he could do better, and this year he did exactly that — cutting another 6 days off his previous record.

But what, exactly, does it take to average 50 miles a day for a month and a half on this rugged trail? According to this full-length documentary from Backcountry, it’s Sabbe’s tolerance for pain.

“Karel’s ability to endure and overcome sufferfests is an experience that is unknowable to almost every other human,” according to the glowing vid description from Backcountry.

More importantly for those who take the time to watch this documentary, Sabbe’s supported run allowed him to experience the trail with his wife, children, and closest friends. That makes for some moments of authentic and well-earned emotion.

If you love running crazy distances, this one’s for you.

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