John Pockler sets new FKT on the Bruce Trail
John Pockler has claimed the FKT on the 890-km Bruce Trail, finishing his attempt on Sunday, Sept. 20 after nine days, 17 hours and two minutes besting the previous record held by Adam Burnett by just over four hours.
In a show of sportsmanship, Burnett was one of the first to congratulate Pockler on social media following the achievement.
"It’s been amazing following along over the last 10 days on the tracker. Bringing back so many amazing memories and emotions from my own BT run in 2017," writes Burnett, in part. "John has been on a relentless pace, especially over the last few days. He deserves this achievement and I’m happy to pass on the FKT to him."
Pockler began his attempt in Tobermory, Ont. on Sept. 11 at 6:00 am. He had a base crew of six people rotating to support the attempt periodically with supplies, nutrition and equipment.
Pockler combined his Bruce Trail Ultra attempt with a fundraising effort on behalf of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.
“Everyone of us has been impacted by COVID-19 in some way and it’s changed the way we live our day to day,” he said. “With this event, I wanted to connect the community and raise funds for the Bruce Trail Conservancy, to maintain the trails that help us recharge our batteries in these challenge times. Getting out on the trails has been a great way to treat our body and mind, and I wanted to help fundraise for the Conservancy so that we’re able to retain its natural beauty.”
Pockler has been competing in ultras for the past five years including such races as the Ultra-Trail Cape Town 125km, the 100k World Championships Run in Winschoten, Netherlands, the Canadian Death Race 125km, and first-place finishes at the Schinder-Trail Grauer Kopf 125km and the Niagara Ultra 50km. But the multi-day stage factor was new to him.
Apparently, it worked out well. Pockler finished his run at 10:58 on Sept. 20 with a bit of a celebration.