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Toronto area runner Elias Kibreab sets new FKT on Ontario's Bruce Trail

Toronto area runner Elias Kibreab arrive in the town of Queenston on Sunday evening around 11 p.m. where he finished an epic eight-plus-day journey establishing a new fastest-known time on Ontario’s Bruce Trail.

Kibreab, who won the 2021 Haliburton Ultra, made his attempt with little fanfare, posting a message on Fastestknowntime.com on April 27, “Hi everyone, my name is Elias Kibreab and I would like to announce that I will be attempting a supported Bruce Trail FKT beginning on Saturday, May the 7th,” followed by his Garmin Inreach tracking data for those who wanted to follow along.

According to his Garmin Inreach data, Kibreab averaged around 100 kilometres every day, which began between 5 and 6 a.m.

 

And so it begins. A beautiful morning for a trail run!

Posted by Elias Kibreab on Saturday, May 7, 2022

He also took the opportunity to use the run as a fundraiser for an orphanage in Eritrea, the country located in the horn of Africa in which Kibreab was born and lived until 2002, making his way to Canada in 2007. The Gofundme.com page has already raised $10,950 and is still open to donations.

“I am hoping that all of you will be supporting me through your positive energy and prayers. I also would like everyone to consider donating to a worthy cause that is close to my heart,” Kibreab wrote. “I will be raising money for the Dekemhare Orphanage Boarding school in Dekemhare, Eritrea. At the time of inception in 1950, it was run by Evangelistic Faith Mission and Predominantly catered to orphans in Eritrea. I had the privilege of attending this school from grade 1 to 9- between 1989-1998, this has served as a foundation for furthering my education.”

Kibreab works as an emergency room nurse at Humber River Regional Hospital.

The last two years have seen three successful FKT attempts on the Bruce, which is a stunning and arduous trail that stretches just over 890 kilometres along the Niagara Escarpment from Souther Ontario to Tobermory on Georgian Bay.

In 2020, John Pockler finished the Bruce Trail in nine days, 17 hours and two minutes besting the previous record held by Adam Burnett by just over four hours.

In June of 2021, Kip Arlidge set the FKT at nine days, three hours, and 27 minutes.

Later that year, Kimberley, Ontario’s Karen Holland got it done in eight days, 22 hours and 51 minutes.

Kibreab's time of eight days, and 17 hours beat Holland's time by five hours and knocks a full day of Pockler's FKT just two years ago.

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