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Alex Wright Fastpacking Ruby Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail
Self-Supported FKT

Distance: 2,653 miles

Time to Beat: 55 days, 16 hours, 54 mins

My Story

I am an athlete, musician, and teacher who was born and raised in Lincoln, NE. After enduring the rat race for many years in the music industry in Los Angeles, CA, I began to find solace in getting outside more. During a spur of the moment solo backpacking trip up the coast of California, I became enamored with getting out into the wilderness with everything I need on my back.

In 2016, I completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. In the desert, I met a handful of ultrarunners who inspired me to try ultrarunning. I took two breaks during the PCT and ran a 50 miler in Bryce Canyon, and ran the Broken Arrow Skyrace 54k in Squaw Valley, CA. I was hooked. Currently, I'm most excited about combining the worlds of UL backpacking and ultrarunning through fastpacking.

I trained, planned, and prepared to attempt the Self-Supported Fastest Known Time on the PCT in 2018 but was thwarted off the day I had left for the trail due to an appendicitis. I did the same in 2020, only to have the trail closed due to covid. During my 3rd attempt to prepare in 2021, I got a stress fracture on my sacrum two weeks from my start date. My 4th attempt in 2023 was again over before it started due to illness.

 

2024 will be the year. 

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Press

Instead of record attempt, Lincoln runner ends up in surgery

Alex Wright thought his legs and lungs were ready for a record-breaking run along the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. His appendix had other ideas. 

Lincoln musician tries to set record on Pacific Crest Trail

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Alex Wright took his time the first time he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, covering the 2,650 miles in a leisurely six months.

This time, he plans to run it.

A Nebraskan's long walk out of California

It took Alex Wright just a month to move to California.

The Lincoln musician visited friends there in 2008, fell in love with the place and immediately headed west out of Lincoln.

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