8:15 a.m.

“She’s really focused,” MST Endurance Run support team member Joel Fleming reported from the outskirts of Nags Head moments ago. “She’ll be at Jockey’s Ridge in about an hour.

Diane Van Deren got back on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at 4:26am this morning with the goal of reaching Jockey’s Ridge, 23 miles north, around 11 a.m. But rather than take a few minutes to get her legs going, Fleming reports she started running from the start. Running the seven miles to the bridge over Oregon Inlet, running the 2.5-mile bridge, running the remaining 13 miles or so to Jockey’s Ridge.

She’s expected to arrive by 9:30 a.m. EDT.

A full report later this morning.