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Hunter Leininger to finish 1,110-mile run at Fort Pickens

Photo by: Hunter Leininger

Hunter Leininger is attempting to break a record for running the 1,110-mile Florida National Scenic Trail. This morning he’s working on day 21, planning to finish up later today at the northern terminus of the trail at Fort Pickens.

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Follow Hunter’s live updates and a photo and video diary from the last 1,000 miles on his Instagram and Facebook pages.

Hunter’s journey started at the youthful age of 7 years old. While most kids Hunter’s age were busy playing with play-doh, Hunter was getting ready to redefine logic and test what kids are truly capable of!

After years of watching his dad participate in endurance adventure races, Hunter constantly begged his father to let him join in on a race. At first, Jeff (Hunter’s Dad) was very reluctant with the idea, he said that it was impossible for a kid to do an endurance race. Jeff looked around at all his fellow competitors and noticed there wasn’t a single kid out there let alone someone even in their 20s, even today most people in endurance sports are well into their 40s. This didn’t discourage Hunter but fueled him even more, he eventually convinced his dad to let him do a 6-hour adventure race!

From that very first race Hunter continued to push the limits that were placed on what a young person can accomplish. He went on to set his first World Record by becoming the Youngest Finisher of the 24 Hour National Championship at the age of 11 when the previous record holder was 23 years old. Hunter didn’t stop there, he kept questioning what a kid could really do and went on to set multiple other World Records including being the Youngest Finisher of Adventure Racing World Championships and The Worlds Toughest Race. After completing most of the toughest adventure races in the world, he started broading his horizons towards endurance mountain bike racing and Ultrarunning where he set dozens of records. 

Find all of Hunter’s accomplishments and records through his website. Congratulations Hunter — Not a bad view to soak in the last few miles!