FKT-Page

What is a Fastest Known Time?

Fastest Known Times (or FKTs) are nothing new but they have been getting more and more popular in recent years. The increase in popularity comes thanks the likes of Kilian Jornet’s Summits of my Life project, and recent publicity over FKTs like the Grand Canyon’s Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim and the Pacific Crest Trail. In recent years, it has also become easier to share these experiences over social media, and to ‘prove’ the record with GPS devices and GoPro cameras.

The concept is simple and pure; An athlete chooses a route, and tries to be the fastest person who has ever gone from point A to point B. A route can be bagging a peak, an out-and-back, a loop, run self-supported or with a crew, solo or as a team. There are really no hard and fast rules.

While there are many highly coveted FKTs in the world, I thought it would be fun to track down some of the local FKTs in Southwest British Columbia. The inspiration comes from Eric Carter’s post on Sea to Sky FKTs, and Gary Robbins’ 2014 FKT on the Hanes Valley Loop.

Submitting an FKT

Listed below are the ones we’ve been able to track down thus far. If you know of another (or better yet, set your own!), please email it to me (info [at] outdoorvancouver [dot ] ca). Include the name of the record holder, the route taken, and any accompanying details (gps tracks, blog posts, YouTube link, names of witnesses, etc, etc, and anything else that helps give it credibility).

There really are no rules for FKTs, but personally, I would consider a few things:

  • They shouldn’t be short Strava segments. We all love Strava segments, but FKTs should have a certain badassedness (that’s a real word) to them.
  • If an FKT already exists, try not do a slight variation of the route and claim a new FKT – do the already existing route. Try to mimic the original FKT as much as possible. (ie, if the existing record holder did the route self-supported, don’t use a crew). If you do something different in your FKT, point out the differences.
  • If you’re going for an FKT, consider reaching out to the current record holder as a courtesy and let them know about your attempt. Odds are they’ll be happy to give you some pointers and may want to otherwise support and cheer you on.
  • Publish as much proof of your FKT as possible. The more detailed in your documentation, the better. This not only gives your FKT more credibility, but it helps those coming after you. This is about friendly competition, after all.
  • Respect any park rules and the environment you’re in.

I’d also like to acknowledge the resources used to collect the initial list of FKTs on this page:


FKTs around Southwest B.C.

Men’s Fastest Known Times

West Coast Trail

Record holder: Matt Cecill (Previous: Gary Robbins (Video))
Date: July 19, 2014
Distance: 75 km
Time: 9h 32m 32s
Link: Strava
Notes: Witnessed by Alex Gillett and Bob Cecill at start (at the Pacheena Bay WCT Information Center) and finish (at the Gordon River WCT start/finish).

Women’s Fastest Known Times

West Coast Trail

Record holder: Jen Segger  (Previous: Jennie Sprigings (15:02:03))
Date: July 3, 2016
Distance: 75 km
Time: 13h 48m 09s
Link: MovesCount
Notes: Witnessed by Randy Richmond


Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

Record holder: Matt Cecill (Previous: Jordan Maynard)
Date: July 5, 2014
Distance: 47 km
Time: 5h 14m 27s
Link: Strava
Notes: Witnessed by Des Bazett at China beach 0km start marker, and 47km finish marker in Botanical Beach parking lot.

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West Coast Double (West Coast Trail and Juan De Fuca Marine Trails)

Record holder: Gary Robbins (First known time)
Date: Aug 6 – 7, 2007
Distance: 130 km
Time: 23h 40m
Notes: Route includes 8km connector road between the two trails.

West Coast Double (West Coast Trail and Juan De Fuca Marine Trails)

Record holder: Paige Morrow (First known time)
Date: Aug 5 – 7, 2015
Distance: 130 km
Time: 41h 4m
Link: Garmin Connect
Notes: Same route as Gary Robbins – South from Bamfield, includes the connecting road.


North Coast Trail

Record holders: Bob Wall, Jeff Hunt
Date: May 10, 2008
Distance: 60km
Time: 11h
Link: Blog post
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Sunshine Coast Trail

Record holder: Dylan Morgan (Previous: Ean Jackson)
Date: July 3-4, 2016
Distance: 176 km
Time: 31h 55m
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Notes: Followed same route as previous FKT holders, based on testimony of them and their pacers – bypassed summit of Tin Hat and Rainy Day Lake. While full trail is officially 176km, and usually quoted as 180km, the route followed by all three through-runners is c.10km shorter. Crewed/supported by Jennifer Sangster, paced by Karine Travaillaud, Stephen Gould and Joseph MacLean.

Sunshine Coast Trail

Record holder: Nicola Gildersleeve (First known time)
Date: Sep 6-7, 2014
Distance: 176 km
Time: 33h 50m
Link: Blog post
Notes: Did not go over Tin Hat Mountain as per original FKT set by Ean Jackson. Started where the big SCT wooden sign-post is at Sarah Point (not on beach). Witnesses: Megan Molnar, Peter Watson, Shauna Connaughton, Donna Devine.


Howe Sound Crest Trail

Record holder: Mike Murphy (Previous: Gary Robbins)
Date:  July 30, 2016
Distance: 29 km
Time: 3h 44m 00s
Link: Garmin Connect
Notes: From Cypress Bowl to Porteau Road

Howe Sound Crest Trail

Record holder: Chris Porte
Date: Aug 27, 2016
Distance: 29 km
Time:  5h 39m
Link: Strava
Notes: From Cypress Bowl to Porteau Road


Hanes Valley Loop

Record holder: Gary Robbins
Date: June 18, 2014
Distance: 24.3km
Time: 2h 49m 48s
Link: MovesCount
Notes: Lynn Headwaters sign post to sign post.

Hanes Valley Loop

Record holder: Alicia Woodside
Date: August 7, 2016
Distance: 26 km
Time: 3h 45m 21s
Link: Strava
Notes: Lynn Headwaters signpost to signpost. I tried to follow Gary Robbin’s FKT route as the fastest possible route but I somehow added a couple kilometers. Witnessed by Julien Lamoureux


Grouse Grind

Record holder: Sebastian Salas* (Asterisked for being caught doping a few years after record set). (Previous: Jonathan Wyatt in 24m 22s in 2004)
Date: August 24, 2010
Distance: 2.9km
Time: 23m 48s
Link: Grouse grind
Notes: Controversial record

Grouse Grind

Record holder: Kristin Størmer Steira (Previous: Leanne Johnston in 31m 04s)
Date: Sept 7, 2014
Distance: 2.9km
Time: 30m 52s
Link: Grouse Grind Challenge
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Crown Mountain

Record holder: Oliver Bibby
Date: August 12th, 2014
Distance: 4.8km
Time: 49m 09s
Link: Strava
Notes: Grouse Grind Chalet Sign Post to the Summit of Crown Mountain (Highest Point).

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Crown Mountain (from the bottom of the Grouse Grind, return)

Record holder: Colin Pither (unwitnessed)
Date: June 28th, 2014
Distance: 16km
Time: 3h 30m
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Notes: From the bottom of the Grouse Grind, up to the Grouse Resort, to the summit of Crown, then return via the BCMC trail back down

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Vancouver 100 (A double Baden-Powell / Knee Knacker)

Record holder: Hassan Lotfi-Pour
Date: June 2, 2012
Distance: 100km
Time: 14h 35m
Link: Club Fat Ass
Notes: This is an annual Club Fat Ass event but could be potentially bested outside of race day.

Vancouver 100 (A double Baden-Powell / Knee Knacker)

Record holder: Carolyn Goluza
Date: June 6, 2010
Distance: 100km
Time: 17h 00m
Link: Club Fat Ass
Notes: This is an annual Club Fat Ass event but could be potentially bested outside of race day.


Vancouver Triple Crown (running version)

Record holder: Benoît Gignac (also a First Known Time)
Date: August 7, 2016
Distance: 35km
Time: 3h 32m
Link: Strava
Notes: “Today I ran the Triple Crown in Vancouver (normally used as a cycling route). I think it’s the “original” Triple Crown (Seymour, from base to top, on the road; Mountain Highway, the gravel road to the top of Grind; Cypress, from base to top, on the road). I ran the uphill only. My girlfriend picked me up on top of Seymour and drove me to the entrance of Mountain Highway, then from the base of Grind, after I took the gondola, to the base of Cypress.”

Editor’s note for clarity: The ‘modern’ Triple Crown cycling route includes cycling up Nancy Greene Way. Instead, Benoit ran up Old Mountain Highway to the top of Grouse Mountain Resort. Downhills and in-between mountains was covered by car and not counted towards the total time.

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Black Tusk

Record holder: Eric Carter (Previous: Adam Campbell)
Date: August 6, 2014
Distance: 23km
Time: 2h 37m 11s
Link: Strava
Notes: Start your watch at the trailhead of the Garibaldi Lake Trail (Rubble Creek parking lot) and stop it on return. Follow the route described in Matt Gunn’s Scrambles in SW BC.

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Notes: Start your watch at the trailhead of the Garibaldi Lake Trail and stop it on return. Follow the route described in Matt Gunn’s Scrambles in SW BC.


Panorama Ridge

Record holder: Colin Pither (unwitnessed)
Date: August 30, 2014
Distance: 29km
Time: 3h 11m 41s
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Notes: Start your watch at the trailhead of the Garibaldi Lake Trail (Rubble Creek parking lot) and stop it on return.

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Singing Pass Trail to Rubble Creek

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Singing Pass Trail to Rubble Creek

Record holder: Jackie Muir
Date: August 9, 2014
Distance: ~70km
Time: 10h 09m
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Notes: Start at Singing Pass Trailhead (stairs beside gondola in Whistler Village), to Russet Lake, High Note Trail, Top of the World Trail to Khyber Pass Trail, to Babylon, Hair Pulled Back, to Cheakamus Lake Road, up to the parking lot and then up Helm Creek to Rubble Creek. Witnessed by Chloe Gendron.


Sky Pilot

Record holder: Eric Carter
Date: June 10, 2014
Distance: 15.5km
Time: 2h 47m
Link: MovesCount and Coast Mountain Skiing
Notes: Start/stop watch at the big map signpost at the gondola top station (round trip).

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The Stawamus Chief (Peak 1)

Record holder: Nick Elson
Date: Jun 9, 2014
Distance: 1.5km
Time: 17m 52s
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The Stawamus Chief (Peak 1)

Record holder: Shannon Penway
Date: May 26, 2013
Distance: 1.5km
Time: 27m 39s
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The Stawamus Chief (All 3 Peaks)

Record holder: Richard MacKellar (Previous: Dan Green)
Date: May 16, 2013
Distance: ~6km
Time: 67m 6s
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Notes: This is starting from the post at the bottom of the stairs, over the 3rd peak, 2nd peak, down to pick up the via ferrata, to the 1st peak and down the regular trail, back to the post at the bottom of the stairs.

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Evac Trail (Sea to Sky Gondola)

Record holder: Richard MacKellar
Date: June 12, 2015
Distance: 4.5 km
Time: 55m 7s
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Wedgemount Lake

Record holder: Vincent Pagot
Date: Sep 11, 2015
Distance: 5.2km
Time: 1h 08m 11s
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Brunswick Mountain Round-Trip

Record holder: Oliver Bibby
Date: Nov 11, 2014
Distance: 14.6km
Time: 2h 26m 34s
Link: Strava
Notes: Start your watch at the yellow gate at the Lions Bay trailhead, and stop it at the third “true” summit of Brunswick. Then follow the same route back to the gate. Total time excludes photo/snack time at summit.

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Fastest local beer mile

Record holder: Jim Finlayson (Victoria)
Date: December 18, 2007
Distance: 1 mile
Time: 5m 09s
Link: Beer Mile
Notes: This was the world Beer Mile record until 2013. Truly impressive stuff here.

Fastest local beer mile

Record holder: Kirsty Smith (Vancouver)
Date: Dec 31, 2004
Distance: 1 mile
Time: 6m 43s
Link: Beer Mile
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Golden Hinde via Westmin

Record holder: Craig Logan & Brent McMurtry (Previous: Rumon Carter & Jamie Sparling)
Date: Aug 2, 2015
Distance: 60.9 km
Time: 15h 47m 15s
Link: Strava
Notes: Highest Mountain on Vancouver Island. ~5000m of elevation gain/loss for this route. A very grippy/slow 60km. Started/stopped watch at the entrance to the single track that goes onto Phillips Ridge. Names are in the summit log.

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Suggested new FKTs

Don’t want to take one of the above routes? Here are a few suggestions you could be the first to submit a time for. Get creative, and have some fun! Again, please email me at karl [at] outdoorvancouver.ca and I’ll add your FKT or fill in any missing info from existing routes above.