On Tuesday, Karel Sabbe broke the Appalachian Trail speed trail record with a time of 41 days, 7 hours and 39 minutes.

According to Backpacker, Sabbe is a 28-year-old dentist from Belgium who started his trek on July 18 at Springer Mountain in Georgia and summited Mt. Katahdin in Maine on Tuesday.

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 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

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According to The Trek, the previous record on the 2,189-mile trail belonged to Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy, who clocked a time of 45 days, 12 hours and 10 minutes. Although, it is important to note that his hike was unsupported and Sabbe’s was supported by a crew – which means McConaughy still holds the record in that category.

According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the average thru-hiker finishes in 169 days, notching 14.2 miles per day.

After notching an average of 50 miles per day, Sabbe posted on his Instagram saying, “Nobody has ever held 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!”

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