Scott Jurek

Appalachian Trail record holder pays fine for Maine bubbly

An ultramarathoner who set the speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail paid a $500 fine Wednesday to settle citations over his celebration atop Maine's Mount Katahdin that struck a nerve with park officials worried about crowding and commercialization of the historic footpath.

Scott Jurek got into trouble with park rangers when he popped a bottle of Champagne while surrounded by a group of supporters in July after completing the 2,189-mile trail from Georgia to Maine in 46 days, eight hours. A ranger later cited him for public drinking, littering and hiking in an oversized group.

A district judge in Millinocket signed off Wednesday on an agreement between his...

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