Oregon Coast Trail
The OCT is possible thanks to the visionary 1967 Oregon Beach Bill that made all oregon beaches public land. To my knowledge, Oregon is the only maritime state with public access to its entire coastline.
The length of the route varies between 380 and 425 miles, depending on the use of ferries and luck with river crossings. Many river outflows are passable only at low tide or via longer alternative routes inland.
What is an fkt?
Peter Bawkin, Buzz Burrell, and Jeff Schuler have done an incredible service for the running and endurance communities by creating the Fastest Known Time (FKT) proboards. A Fastest Known Time is just that, the fastest verifiable record for a given route. There is an element of humility in the name. It assumes that somebody at some point may have done it faster, but didn’t record it anywhere.
Supported Vs. Self-Supported
I will be attempting a self-supported FKT, which means: "... you don't carry everything you need from the start, but you don't have dedicated, pre-arranged people helping you. You might just use what's out there, such as stores, begging from other trail users, etc."
Robin Maslowski and Alisa Geiser currently hold the supported record in 18 days, 6 hours, 49 minutes.