BWCAW Trail Nonstop Run Aims To Raise Awareness
Alex Falconer hopes to be the first known person to complete a continuous run of the Kekekabic and Border Route trails in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness.
Falconer, from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, will start on May 22 at the end of the Gunflint Trail of the 110-mile combined route through what can be a sometimes twisted and tangled route of downed trees and rough terrain. He will do it without stopping at the camp.
An avid long-distance runner, Falconer knows what he’s doing. He has done all of the BWCAW hiking trails before. But never without stopping.
“I did the Superior (Hiking Trail) 100 in 28 hours. … So I guess this one will take me about 40 hours, ”Falconer said. “It’s rougher terrain which means it will be at a slower pace which should help.”
Falconer will not carry any additional equipment or food. But he has friends and family who canoe to predetermined locations in the BWCAW to bring him food and supplies, like dry socks. He said he had no problem drinking from the lakes and streams in the wild, as long as there were no beaver houses around.
“It’s part of what we want to raise awareness. Where can you run 100 miles without having to carry water with you? This clean water is worth protecting, ”he said.
When not running or canoeing, Falconer is director of government affairs for the Minnesota Campaign to Save Boundary Waters. His run aims to raise awareness of threats to the BWCAW as well as the generally underused network of million acre wilderness hiking trails.
“We don’t hear a lot about it (the BWCAW) as a mecca for trail runners, but it really has a lot to offer,” Falconer said. “I hope to generate interest in the (national) trail running community for what we have here. Trail runners are a new audience for people who care about boundary waters. “
You can follow Falconer’s efforts on Instagram @alexfalconrt or at runningforthebwca.com.