Joe 'Stringbean' McConaughy

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, my mom would joke that my body type resembled that of a stringbean. Weird, but whatever. When it came time to pick a thru hiker trail name, it was an easy choice.

I love trail running. I love the community. I’ve been blessed to have some really amazing experiences, setting records on the Arizona Trail and Appalachian Trail, competing in incredible places like Italy, France, Ireland and the West Coast, coaching amazing athletes, adventuring with Katie, my wife. I’m an endurance coach and athlete, dog dad, and backpacking guide. Really, life is a whole lot more than pavement and PR’s.

Bio

Joe McConaughy
Trail name: Stringbean
Seattle, WA
Age: 30
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 165lb

Teams
Brooks Trail
Bean Sprouts Running Club
All In Trail Collective
Cowgill Trail Collective

Follow my dog
Crash Bandipooch

Occupation
Bean Sprout Coach and Owner
Brooks Trail Athlete Coach
Backpacking Guide and Program Manager with Andrew Skurka

Accomplishments

Fastest Known Time (FKT)

Arizona Trail (supported) 13d3h21m – 2021
Long Trail (self-supported) 4d23h54 – 2020
Wicklow Round (supported)
17h9m – 2018
Appalachian Trail (self-supported and overall) 45d12h15m – 2017
Pacific Crest Trail (supported) 53d6h37h – 2014

2021 Races 
Dark Divide 50k – 1st
Javelina 100 – 5th

PR’s
3m52s – 1500m
4m12s – Mile
15m08s – 5k (road)
5h22m – 50 mile (Stonecat 50)
12h53m – 100 mile (Track 100)

A pre-race photo of Joe McConaughy at Bandera 100k in 2022

Coach

I began coaching in 2017, starting my own business and working with athletes primarily interested in marathons, trail and ultra races and FKTs.

My training philosophy revolves around individuality, performance and integrating traditional endurance training philosophies with the demands of trail running and longer efforts. 

Find out more about my coaching services.

I am currently accepting new athletes.

Here are my athlete results from 2021.

 

Where I spend my time

Ultramarathoning
Ultramarathoning 37%
@thestring.bean
16%
Coaching
Coaching 47%
Loving life
Miles Over Smiles 100%

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