Karl Meltzer, right, and his friend, Eric Belz, dined in Atlanta after Meltzer finished a speed-hike of the Appalachian Trail back in 2016. Belz was part of the support team that helped Meltzer break the trail's speed-hiking record by completing the trail in 45 days, 22 hours, 38 minutes. PHOTO: BO EMERSON
He dined at The Porter with members of his support team, who shadowed his run, bringing food, dry socks, new shoes and an Econoline van, where Meltzer would sleep each night.
He’d start each morning with pockets full of bacon, run all day, and finish each evening with a couple of beers.
Since the movie was completed, another competitor, Joe ‘Stringbean’ McConaughy, broke Meltzer’s record by 10 hours.
Nonetheless, the 42-minute documentary is still a good look at the niche sport of speed-hiking. It was shot by Red Bull, the energy drink company, which also underwrote some of the cost of Meltzer’s journey.
Meltzer, of Sandy, Utah, has won many ultramarathons -- some of them races of 100 miles or more -- but this was like running 20 ultramarathons in a row.
He’s still at it, and will host the Speedgoat 50k July 21 in Snowbird, Utah.