In the summer of 2018, ultrarunner Harvey Lewis attempted to run the Appalachian Trail faster than anyone in history. With his 78-year-old father as crew chief, Lewis raced across 14 different states and more than 2,100 miles in his quest to reach a new record. He fell short of the FKT, but what developed was a father-son story for the ages.
Along the way, they encounter a cast of colorful characters, humorous interludes, geographic obstacles and excruciating physical pain, all the while discovering that the trail is about much more than just escape. This time, they might truly find their way back together.
A Cincinnati-based high school teacher, Lewis was the 2019 24-hour national champion, winning the North Coast 24 in Cleveland, Ohio, in September. He recently competed on Team USA in the 24 Hour World Championship in Albi, France, finishing 13th overall, and helping the men’s team bring home a gold medal.