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Cincinnati ultrarunner Harvey Lewis finishes Appalachian Trail in less than 50 days

Posted at 10:24 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 14:04:43-04

CINCINNATI -- Local ultrarunner Harvey Lewis has finished his run of the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail Wednesday, according to his Facebook page.

It took Lewis less than 50 days to run the trail from Georgia to Maine.

Lewis is world-renowned in running circles. He's been running ultramarathons for more than 20 years, and is known for spending six days running in the Sahara Desert.

He had aimed to beat the fastest known time for finishing the Appalachian Trail, 45 days, 12 hours and 48 minutes. 

The rugged terrain and significant elevation changes of the trail made this a particularly daunting run, even for Lewis. It ended up taking him about 49 days and 14 hours, according to the Facebook post. That's still pretty fast, likely putting him in the top 10 times for completing the trail.

"When I first looked at this on a map in terms of elevation climb, it made my hands get a little sweaty," Lewis said before starting the trail. "I haven't felt that nervous since maybe the first time I did Badwater (an ultramarathon)."