FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some challenges are just so great that they become intriguing. Running Maine's 100 Mile Wilderness is becoming such a challenge.
Chris Hayward, Eli Lazarus and Nichol Ernst did it in 2010. This year, the Maine Trail Monster Running Club invited twelve elite endurance athletes to take on the challenge. "It was an incredible experience," said Ian Parlin, the run organizer. Parlin and his wife Emma Barclay ran seventy miles.
Just four of the "Dirty Dozen" managed to complete the hundred mile run this year.
A pair of New Hampshire men, Adam Wilcox and Ryan Wells finished the Wilderness in thirty hours and forty-eight minutes. No one is known to have run it faster.
The 100 Mile Wilderness is the name given to the stretch of the Appalachian Trail between the town of Monson and Abol Bridge near Mt. Katahdin. It is the longest stretch of the AT that hikers travel without access to resupply. About four logging roads do cross this section of the trail and support personnel can take supplies in, but the access points are remote and rendezvous are not always made.
Hogan Marquis of Old Town finished in thirty-seven hours and fifty-one minutes. Joe Wrobleski of Falmouth finished in forty-three hours and fifteen minutes. Wrobleski took two wrong turns and ran the last six miles in six hours. At the end, he knew he was on the right trail, but didn't know if he was running in the right direction.
Several of the runners say they will try it again next year. "It's something that we gotta get done," said Parlin.