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Where's Harvey: Ultrarunner starts Appalachian Trail

Posted: 1:35 PM, May 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-31 17:35:13Z

He’s officially hit the trail. 

Harvey Lewis, a world-renowned Cincinnati ultrarunner, has started his biggest run yet: the Appalachian Trail.

Lewis announced Sunday he’s going to run the 2,189 miles from Georgia to Maine. 

He started the trail Wednesday morning. He was supposed to start running Tuesday, but he was delayed by inclement weather from tropical storm Alberto. 

The ultrarunner says the trail is “exotic” and “majestic.” (Not exactly the words we’d use for running non stop in the rain, but we’re not exactly runners, either.) 

Despite his experience running in the Sahara Desert, Lewis said the mountains have proven more difficult than he anticipated. 

He plans to beat the "FKT" -- Fastest Known Time -- of 45 days, 12 hours and 48 minutes, set by Joe "Stringbean" McConaughy a year ago.  

To do it, he'll have to average 48 miles per day over the rugged terrain. Across the entire trail, he'll climb and descend 1 million feet -- the equivalent of doing Mount Everest 16 times.

You can follow Harvey and his journey every Thursday at 6 a.m. on Good Morning Tri-State.