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The Epic Odyssey of Karel Sabbe along the Pacific Crest Trail

Embarking on a journey along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) isn’t just a physical challenge; it’s a symphony of planning and human support. The film “Pacing the Pacific” captures this spirit, following Karel Sabbe and his team as they conquer the new supported fastest known time (FKT) record on the PCT in the summer of 2023.

On August 26, 2023, Sabbe reclaimed his record for completing the Pacific Crest Trail in the supported fastest known time. A journey spanning 2,650 miles that took 46 days, 12 hours, and 50 minutes to complete.

This wasn’t Sabbe’s first endeavor. In 2016, he broke the record completing the route in 52 days, 8 hours, and 25 minutes. However, in July 2021, Timothy Olson claimed the crown by completing the journey in 51 days, 16 hours, and 55 minutes.

It took Sabbe some time to face such an undertaking again, but once he and his team made the decision, nothing could stop this determined crew.

Sabbe is a Belgian ultrarunner, also a dentist. Despite his commitment to dental practice, Sabbe trains for and takes on ultramarathons and FKTs that are inconceivable to many.

The film chronicles a group’s journey in organizing and executing such a daunting task. From planning nutrition to timing the start of each running day to avoid the hottest hours on the most challenging parts of the trail, Sabbe and his pacers master the necessary approach to conquer supported FKTs.

From planned midday sleep sessions to sleep deprivation due to heat, Sabbe’s team shows true dedication in supporting their friend on his journey and enduring suffering to execute the predetermined plan.

The film is divided into chapters focusing on different trail sections and the challenges brought by each. From scorching heat to unexpected snowfall, Sabbe and his team are meticulous in planning for the most successful attempt possible.

The film strikes emotional chords when Sabbe expresses fear, and his team stands by him during some of the most perilous parts of the trail. They’re forced to make tough decisions on what gear to carry and how to navigate through a few cold and dangerous days.

This film does an extraordinary job of showcasing how completing a supported FKT of this length truly takes an entire village, highlighting the bonds formed and maintained between the individual attempt and their team, despite challenging conditions and unforeseen events.

This experience isn’t solely about Sabbe’s success but also the sacrifices made by him and his team, and the achievements accomplished by the team during his journey.

The breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges along the trail will awe you, but you’ll be equally moved by the unbreakable bonds formed and maintained during Sabbe’s journey toward the supported fastest known time on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Running is often a solitary journey, but this film demonstrates that behind every record is a humanity that makes the impossible possible.