The energy drink company Red Bull underwrote part of the cost of the trip, and also made a film about it. That film, "Karl Meltzer: Made To Be Broken," was released last week, in time for National Park Week, and can be viewed online at this Red Bull web site.
Nicknamed "Speedgoat," the Sandy, Utah resident is an ultramarathoner with more wins in 100-miles races than any other athlete, according to Red Bull.
Karl Meltzer (right) completed his speed-hike of the Appalachian Trail last September on Springer Mountain, in North Georgia. He celebrated his finish with a meal in Little Five Points, accompanied by his support crew boss, Eric Belz, and others from the crew. Photo: Bo Emerson
In a brief statement about the movie, released last week, Meltzer remembered the last leg of the trail and his trip through Georgia, much of which he hiked at night.
“Georgia’s portion of the A.T. is 72 miles of singletrack (narrow trail), but don’t take it lightly, it’s the most beaten down section of the trail since most thru-hikers hit it early in the season,” he said. “I did all of Georgia in one exhausting 83-mile day.”