Een Gentse tandarts heeft een prestatie van wereldformaat neergezet. Hij legde de wereldberoemde Appalachian Trail af in 41 dagen, zeven uur en 39 minuten. Een record waarvoor hij twee marathons per dag moest lopen.
Hij brak het record met maar liefst vier dagen en was achteraf uiteraard uitgelaten. "Tweeduizend jaar geleden zeiden ze dat de Belgen de dappersten van alle Galliërs waren, wel, blijkbaar zit daar waarheid in", aldus Sabbe op zijn Instagram-pagina.
Hij krijgt van over de hele wereld gelukwensen na die prachtprestatie.
2,190 miles in 41 days, 7 hours and 39 minutes. Congratulations to Karel Sabbe, who just set a Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the #AppalachianTrail.— REI (@REI) August 29, 2018
No one thought Joe McConaughy’s record could be broken. Karel Sabbe did just that: and with style and grace. https://t.co/UGAeEWsUxT— Kathryn Miles (@Kathryn_Miles) August 30, 2018
WELL DONE, Karel Sabbe!— SKINS USA (@SKINS_USA) August 29, 2018
Our sponsored ultra-runner has just obliterated the #AppalachianTrail’s speed record by four days, running it in 41 days, 07 hours and 31 minutes! ???
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A Belgian dentist beat the current record by four days for the 2,189-mile trail. https://t.co/5owWljV4Gq— Runner's World (@runnersworld) August 30, 2018
In the year 60 B.C., Julius Caesar wrote: "Of all Gauls, the Belgians are the bravest." Over 2000 years later there is still some truth in that sentence. We have set a new speed record on the epic Appalachian Trail !! The Fastest Known Time is now 41 days 7 hours 39 minutes, which is over 4 days faster than the previous record, held by an incredibly strong and unsupported @thestring.bean. I want to thank my dear friend @jorenbiebuyck from the bottom of my heart as without his incredible crewing and support I would never have made the PCT as well as the AT speed records. Fun facts: nobody has ever held overall Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail speed records at the same time. Nobody had averaged more than 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail. More than proud, I feel privileged for having lived these incredible adventures. It was a blast from start to finish ! Thanks @skinssportwear for making this possible, without you there would have been no new FKT. Thank you everybody for the support! #AppalachianTrailSpeedRecordAttempt #teamSKINS #BestInCompression #HOKAONEONE#TimeToFly #TraKKs #Suunto #Selfpropelled#Ledlenser #kleankanteen #nordisk #trekneat #ultramarathon#speedrecord #AppalachianTrail #ultrarunning #ultratrail #trailrunner #trailrunning