Brian Robinson earned the trail name “Flyin’ Brian” in 2001 when he became the first person to complete the Calendar Triple Crown, a 7,400-mile, triple thru-hike of the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails, all in the same year. His 10-month odyssey through 22 states traversed the entire lengths of the three major US mountain divides.
Brian started trail running as conditioning for long hikes. Since then, ultra running has become his primary passion. For three years he focused on the Barkley, finally achieving success in 2008 when he became the 7th person ever to finish the Barkley 100, in a course record 55 hours 43 minutes. After one failed attempt, the John Muir Trail speed record remains his obsession.
Far from an athlete when younger, Brian was a Rubik’s Cube champion and master Bridge player. He graduated from U.C Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and worked for Tandem/Compaq before quitting the rat race and accepting the financial consequences of pursuing a dream. Now 48, Brian resides in Monterey, CA with his wife and adventuring partner, Sophia and stepson Skyler.