Buzz Burrell | Understanding FKTs

You’ve heard a lot over the last few years about FKTs. Whether you’ve seen them mentioned online or heard them on URP, or maybe you read the Proboards site or tune into the new fastestknowntime podcast, Buzz Burrell and Peter Bakwin are the guys to talk to because they started the FKT craze. They’re the two who started the trend when they tired of traditional races and wanted to learn more about the natural aspect of where they were running.

Buzz Burrell fkt
Buzz Burrell (l) and Peter Bakwin (r)

We asked Buzz to come on the show and talk about FKTs from the basic ideas and ethos to more complex issues with who decides when a route is a route and how commercialization might affect the sport.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How FKTs are established by runners and verified by Peter with help from the community.
  • What constitutes an FkT and what was the hubbub about Jim, Tim, and Eric’s R2r2R about?
  • At what point do we stop going after FKTs and big adventures? (Buzz is 67 and not there yet. Doesn’t know answer.)

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Buzz Burrell Episode Notes

Here’s the FastestKnownTime website. Be sure to check out the “Super Classic” FKTs for a laugh.

Here’s the team that makes it all happen: Peter, Buzz, and Jeff.

Here’s Buzz’s FKT podcast.

Follow FastestKnownTimes on the Twitter machine right here.

Buzz Burrell in Zion
Buzz Burrell in Zion

Buzz is Brand Manger for Ultimate Direction. Check out their packs, poles, and garments right this way. Here’s a link to the kids hydration pack he mentioned. More kids gear! Let’s keep this bubble going!

Here’s a recent write up in TrailRunner Magazine.

Articles mentioned: Here’s his R2R2R alt route report | And here’s the Twitter post about Coconino Cowboy’s R2R2R route | On the Flatiron project and aging

FKTs aren’t just a domestic thing. Here’s an open letter to Ryan Sandes re the Great Himalayan Trail about his FKT claim.

If you liked this interview, you may like this chat we had with Leor Pantilat a few years ago. Leor gave up his incredible racing career (count the wins) to focus 100% on FKTs and hasn’t looked back.

Intro/outro music by David Rosales. Used with permission.

My race calendar. Mendocino50k | Miwok 100k | Yeti 100

Buzz Burrell in Aconcagua
Buzz Burrell in Aconcagua
Buzz Burrell and Peter Bakwin on the JMT
Buzz Burrell and Peter Bakwin on the JMT.

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