If you’re out hiking on the Long Trail this weekend, you may be passed by a blur of motion and heavy breathing and running shorts. It’s probably Stowe resident RJ Thompson. He’s trying to break a speed record for running the length of the Long Trail. That’s 273 miles, the length of the state of Vermont.
Thompson started running Tuesday morning at the Canadian border. We caught him Monday afternoon as he was preparing. Thompson is attempting to break the record for an *unsupported run. He told us that’s different from a supported run.
RJ Thompson will have to complete his run in less than 6 days and 17 hours to break the current record. He spoke with Vermont Edition about his run.