NEENAH (WLUK) -- Ultra runner Timothy Olson set a world record when he ran 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2021. The Amherst, Wisconsin, native's journey along the way was documented by a film crew. It took an average of 50 miles a day for 52 consecutive days. The "Mirage" film tour, which has made stops in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, will be coming to Neenah on May 17 for a special one night screening.
Olson's father-in-law, Robert Loomis of Appleton, was part of the crew that followed Olson. He joined Rachel Manek on Good Day Wisconsin to talk about the grueling, record-breaking trek.
Olson's run has been called arduous, crossing ecosystems ranging from the Mojave Desert to the high alpine of the Sierra and Cascade mountains. Instead of a high-level support crew for the many aid stations and care taking required along the way, Olson chose a different strategy. Alongside his coach, Tim was accompanied by his wife, Krista, in her third trimester of pregnancy, two young boys of 4 and 7 years old, and his mother and father-in-law, to crew him throughout the arduous run.
A one hour movie was created about Tim’s world breaking record and will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 17 at Premier Best Western Hotel, 1000 Cameron Way in Neenah. This free event will be hosted by the Pacesetters Running Club. The public is welcome to attend.
Loomis says they are in talks to have the movie eventually streamed for everyone to see.
Editor's note: The headline on this story has been updated to correct the name of the trail.