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Katy Trail One Day Riders and Through-Hikers

At 237 miles, the Katy Trail is a formidable distance to tackle.  Yet, a few hearty souls have ridden the entire trail in a single day.  And no less amazing, some hikers have covered the entire trail on foot. 
Some of these treks were accomplished before the opening of the St Charles to Machens section, when the trail was 225 miles long.  Whether the distance covered is 225 miles or 237 miles, it's an incredible amount to tackle in one stretch.
BikeKatyTrail does not recommend that you attempt either feat, at least not without a substantial amount of training and planning.  But we do want to acknowledge those who have done a single-day ride or walked/ran the entire distance.  Congratulations on your accomplishment!
The Katy Cozy by Jeremy V. Myers
"The Katy Cozy" Photo: Jeremy V. Myers

Michael Allison, Andy Chocha, Joe Kleidosty, and Kent Woermann
Date: November 19, 2016
Time: 14:12:15 elapsed; 12:50:28 moving
18.7 mph moving average over 239.3 miles

Strava data for the ride

One-day Katy Trail: Michael Allison, Andy Chocha, Joe Kleidosty, and Kent Woermann

Michael's bike: Trek Crockett with Teravail Lickskillets 32mm w/ tubes, 50/55 psi.

Andy's bike: Trek Boone 9 disc with Vittoria Voyager tires with tubes, 60 psi

Joe's bike: Felt F1X with Specialized Trigger Pros 38mm, 55 psi front, 58 psi rear tubeless

Kent's bike: Focus Mares Cx Disc with Continental GP 4-Seasons 32 mm (55/60 psi) w/ tubes

We encountered a couple issues along the trail - one of our riders, Don Daly (riding a Foundry Valmont with Clement Xplor Ush 32 mm tubeless with 55 psi front/60 psi rear), crashed around mile 14 on the trail and had to quit around 165-mile mark due to a knee injury. Another rider, Michael Allison, had to convert to single speed when his cable snapped, which affected our elapsed time.

Kelly Skinner supported us and provided great support at our five pre-determined rest stops.

Kent Woermann is a personal trainer that can get anyone ready to ride the Katy Trail in one day (training takes longer than one day!), if they so choose - he has experienced it now and knows what it takes to get the job done - anyone can contact him here https://www.moveupcoaching.com/ if they want to tackle this awesome experience! Kent also did a nice write-up on our experience under his Facebook timeline here: https://www.facebook.com/kwoermann

Zach Pashea, Tom Lucido, Matt Hagenhoff and Jason Johannpeter
Date: October 16, 2016
Time: 18:21:37 elapsed; 15:40:18 moving
These four riders conquered the trail together, as a group.

Strava data for the ride

One-day Katy Trail: Zach Pashea, Tom Lucido, Matt Hagenhoff and Jason Johannpeter at Machens

Tom's bike: 2015 Raleigh RXC with Clement Crusade PDX 33x700c tires with an added bonus of a Bell 700 Memory Foam Seat Cover with Comfort Channel.

Matt's bike: 2014 Pivot Vault with Reynolds Attack Wheels (external width 25.00 mm, internal width 27.00 mm, rim depth 29.00 mm); spokes: 20 front / 24 rear

Jason's bike: 2017 Trek Domane SL 6 Disc with Cannonball Galena 32mm tires

Zach's bike: 2016 Specialized Diverge Expert with Specialized Roubaix 700 x 30/32 mm tires

Andy Chasteen of Oklahoma City
Date: November 23, 2015
Time: 13:32 elapsed; 13:08 moving
Andy set the fastest known time for riding Clinton to Machens. See Andy's ride report for great pictures and full details of this epic ride.

Garmin Data

Bike: Garneau Gennix R1 race bike with 26front and 28rear tires, tubeless at about 80 psi.

Dr. Dru Dixon, age 61, of West Plains, MO
Date: July 17, 2014
Time: 13:51:16
Dr Dixon rode Clinton to Machens. He was supported by Jason Wilson & Edward T Boys, who witnessed the event start to finish.
The wind was out of the south/southeast- therefore this was not a wind aided ride.

Garmin Data

Bike: Serotta road bike with Schwable Marathon (700x28) tires pumped to about 100 psig.

Darin Schneidewind of Lyndon, KS
Date: October 3, 2013
Time: 13:50:27
This is the record fastest known time for completing the Clinton-to-St Charles ride. Darin's feat is discussed in more detail in this forum thread.

Garmin Data

Bike: 2014 Specialized Crux Comp Carbon with Panaracer T-Serve Protex 32mm tires.

John Mathias of Olathe, KS
Date: June 21, 2013
Time: 15:27 moving; 18:05 elapsed
Garmin Data:
232 Miles
15:27 Moving time.
15 MPH Moving Avg
18:05 Total time
Max Temp 102.2 (It was hot but not that hot.)

Salsa Fargo Ti
MSO Explore, 60 PSI

Ben Bolin of Kansas City, MO, and four others
Date: June 23, 2012
Time: 13:18:12 moving; 15:03:24 elapsed
Garmin Data: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/192284954
227 Miles
17.0 MPH Avg speed
Avg temperature: 81 F

Cannondale SuperX, Bontrager slicks 700x35

It was actually a group of 5 of us that started together everyone finished separately by the end of the day. We did it June 23, 2012 a couple of weeks after finishing the Dirty Kanza 200.
We only did the 227 mile version because we didn't realize it went to Machens. We knew it went to St. Charles and our support guy was familiar with the spot behind the casino there.
Support crew stops about every 30 miles. Nearly perfect day with hardly any wind and some overcast sky for quite a bit of the day. Trail was in excellent condition with zero trees down and no obstacles to overcome. Trail was packed tight, no water spots and only a few ruts. Truly a day to remember. I want to go back with my wife and our tandem to enjoy the trail over a few days instead of just one next time.

Ben DuMont
Date: June 9, 2008
Time: 16 hours
I finished through flash flood conditions (it rained 90 percent of the day) and yes, on my road bike and skinny racing tires...but it was all for a good cause, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research, as my wife is a survivor.  What I had trained for and planned to take 14 hours or less, due to the horrid trail conditions, took more than 16 hours.  It was like riding through deep, wet sand in many parts and frequent deadfall slowed me down as well.  What a ride, and what an experience!  A friend rode the final 40 miles with me.  PBS did a nice piece on the ride in support of the cause.

If I do it again, will do it with somebody else the entire way and on a DRY day!!!

David Pratt and Paul Toigo
Date: June 22, 2007
Time: 14 hours and 22 minutes

William Sharples
Date: June 22, 2007
Time: 13:40:44 riding time; 14:00:49 elapsed
More details about halfway through this thread

Sam Baugh of Clinton MO
Date: June 24, 2001
Time: 14:01:12 riding time; 15:45:00 elapsed
An unexpected meeting with Sam


Madeline and Lizzy
When: May 2017
An impressive 8-day run/hike of the whole trail; see their blog and Strava links.

"Mr Z" of Lee's Summit, MO
When: April-May 2013
"Mr Z" used the forum kept us updated during his twelve day adventure 

Matt Rees and David Stores of Washington, MO
When: July 2009
Two men and a baby jogger cross Missouri, from the Kansas state line to the Gateway Arch. Matt ran the entire distance, while David covered 250 miles.  See the Forum post about their cross-Missouri run.

Greg Cupp of Columbia, MO
When: September 2007
Read Greg's blog.

Doug Knox of Troy, MO
When: June 2007
Not only did Doug hike the whole trail from Clinton to St Charles - he continued on to Machens (before it was a finished part of the trail)! 
Read Doug's blog.