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 John Muir 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.


Joe McConaughy
Trail name: Stringbean
Seattle, WA
Age: 31
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 165lb

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

Follow my dog
Crash Bandipooch

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


Fastest Known Time (FKT)

John Muir Trail (unsupported) 3d0h59m – 2022
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

2022 Races 

Gorges 100k – 3rd
Cocodona 250 – 1st
Unsupported JMT FKT

3m52s – 1500m
4m12s – Mile
15m08s – 5k (road)
5h22m – 50 mile (Jack Bristol 50)
12h53m – 100 mile (Track 100)

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


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 37%
Coaching 47%
Loving life
Miles Over Smiles 100%

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