Ultrarunner Katie Spotz prepares for 11 straight 50Ks in world record attempt
Spotz is looking to break the record for most ultramarathons in a row as she runs across the state of Ohio
In 2020, American ultra-endurance athlete Katie Spotz became the first person to run across the state of Maine in one shot, covering the 220K journey in 33 hours, 46 minutes. She is currently tackling another ultrarunning challenge, this time in her home state of Ohio, which she will cross entirely on the Ohio to Erie Trail as she attempts to break the women’s world record for most consecutive ultramarathons. The current record stands at 10, and Spotz is looking to run 11, making the challenge 550K in length. Like last year’s event (and her previous ultra projects), she’s using this world record attempt to raise money for clean water initiatives, and she is working with an organization called H2O for Life. Spotz kicked her challenge off on Monday, and she hopes to break the world record on July 1.
Spotz is no stranger to long and arduous endurance challenges. She cycled across the U.S. in 2006, covering 5,000 kilometres from Seattle to Washington, D.C., she completed a 523K swim along the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and New York in 2008 and she rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2010, completing the solo 4,900-kilometre journey in 70 days.
Katie uses these challenges to raise money for clean water projects around the world. If you would like to learn more & support her fundraising efforts, head here.
May 8, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).