Harvey Lewis Expected to Finish 2,198 Mile Journey in 45 Days on July 14th with Support of His 78 Year Old Dad and ROAD iD
June 28, 2018 – Covington, KY – Harvey Sweetland Lewis has covered over 1,370 miles and 60% of the iconic Appalachian Trail since May 30th, and is nearing record setting pace to arrive in Mount Katahdin, Maine on July 14th. This Fastest Known Time (FKT) has become one of the most contested, coveted accolades in ultra running and has been broken in recent years by Scott Jurek and Karl Metzler. Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy set the current record last summer in 45 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. Harvey’s support team has been led by his 78-year-old dad and includes countless friends, family, fellow ultra runners and strangers who have been encouraging him along the trail and on social media. ROAD iD has joined Harvey to document his journey and have built this page to track the #WheresHarvey Appalachian Trail FKT attempt.
“The man who has no imagination has no wings,” are the words that drive high school teacher Harvey Lewis as he searches within himself to complete the most challenging test of his life. His accomplishments include winning Badwater, the 135-mile ultra marathon in Death Valley, considering by many as The World’s Toughest Race. His latest pilgrimage began in the early morning on May 30th, 2018, with his dad and a small film crew, set out from Springer Mountain in Georgia on waterlogged trails through torrential downpour while navigating several mudslides. For Harvey Lewis these obstacles are opportunities, as he speaks prior to the start, “Pushing yourself to extreme limits, this is when the greatest growth happens.”
“When I was dealing my injuries last week, the Achilles pain, the tendinitis, the foot soreness. I was beginning to think these injuries would sideline me,” shared Harvey Lewis as he had just completed one of the most grueling sections of the Appalachian Trail on June 24th. “This has been my toughest ultra and I didn’t quit because I knew there were people counting on me, these amazing friends and strangers have made all the difference. Now, I’m feeling 90% and ready for whatever’s in store.”
Harvey Lewis’s soft smile and warm character positively touch everyone in his life, including fellow hikers he pauses to connect with along the trail, much to the humorous discontent of his 78 year-old father, “Don’t stop and talk to too many hikers today Harvey.” Harvey Jr., as they call him, is piloting the crew duties for one of the most grueling tests of human achievement, navigating and feeding his son over 2,198 miles, 515,000 feet climbed and descended, 8,500 calories consumed per day, across 14 states, over 45 days. But, for Harvey and his dad it’s not about getting into the record books. It’s the culmination of 36 years of finding adventure together, it’s about shared memories for generations to come, it’s about legacy.
“Harvey Lewis is a local legend, a friend of the Road ID family, and just an incredible human being. When we learned he was going for the FKT we knew his story needed to be shared,” added Edward Wimmer, Road ID Co-Founder and CEO. “We are humbled to share this experience with Harvey and his family, friends and sponsors. You’ll be hearing us cheering all the way from Kentucky as he reaches the end of the trail in Maine on July 14th.”
About Harvey Lewis
Harvey Lewis is a teacher and ultramarathon runner in Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s currently attempting to run the Appalachian Trail faster than anyone in history and you can track his progress here. Harvey has competed in more than 50 ultramarathons over the past 20 years, specializing in races greater than 100 miles that range from extreme heat to extreme cold, and from mountainous to the roads. Recently, he won the 2017 24 Hour National Championship in which he ran 241 miles in 58 hours at Big’s Backyard Ultra. He also takes people on running/hiking holidays with the company he founded, RunQuest Travel. He has run in 89 countries and has a dream of exploring every country while running. His sponsors include ROAD iD, Newton, 2XU, Clif Bar, Structural Elements.
About ROAD iD
ROAD iD’s mission is to help save lives, provide peace of mind, and empower adventures by improving the outcome of accidents and emergencies. ROAD iD is wearable identification that communicates who you are, who to contact, and how to access medical information should an emergency situation occur. In 1999, co-founder, Edward Wimmer had a near miss with a motorist while marathon training. This was the catalyst for Edward and his Father, Mike Wimmer, to launch ROAD iD in Mike’s basement. Since then, ROAD iD has helped millions of people feel safer while being active. They have also received countless stories and testimonials from customers who have used ROAD iD in their times of need. Many of these customers even say they might not be alive today if it had not been for their ID. Road ID has become a staple among athletes, from amateur to professional, and is growing in popularity amongst the general public.