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Nikki Kimball & The Long Trail

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Today I had the pleasure of briefly saying hello to Nikki Kimball and captured a few pictures as she attempts to break a speed record on the Long Trail in Vermont.

The current record for running the Long Trail is held by Jonathan Basham, who covered the 273-mile distance in four days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. The women’s record is more than seven days.

The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. The Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Canadian border to the Massachusetts-Vermont line as it crosses Vermont’s highest peaks.

I caught up with Nikki as she reached Jonesville and crossed Route 2 on her way up Camel’s Hump. She took a brief rest for food and drink, discussed the route with her team and took time to answer some questions of the film crew doing a documentary about her Long Trail adventure.

Here’s a quote from the documentary website.
” ‘The Long Trail’ is a new documentary film starring Nikki Kimball, a world-renowned ultra runner, and her attempt to break a speed record on Long Trail, running 273 miles faster than any man or woman has ever done.  Nikki Kimball’s story is an inspiring one that will touch upon many subjects from the role of women and girls in professional sports to the science behind the human body’s ability to run great distances.  In addition to providing an inside look into contemporary running culture, this film will give viewers a perspective on human—and specifically female endurance—not seen before on public television, informing us all, regardless of our sex, of our true potential and inspiring us to reach it.”

Below is a picture of running pacer Dennis Ball rinsing a pair Nikki’s running shoes in the Winooski River before she arrives at a Route 2 crossing.

Nikki’s brother Bill joins her at the base of Camel’s Hump. I wish her the best and hope she achieves her goal.

You can view some other pictures at Crowley Photos:

UPDATE: Nikki Kimball finsihed “running” the Long Trail in 5 days 7 hours 42 minutes and set a female record.



Written by Roger

August 15, 2012 at 7:20 AM

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  1. A special lady and great USA/ Vermont athlete. Her effort is a great tribute to GIRLS ON THE RUN. Nikki also took the time about 4 years ago to make a presentation to a Middle School class here in Montpelier.

    Newton Baker

    August 27, 2012 at 6:01 AM

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