Re: One Day 50 Miler
John Burke (burkejoh@CONED.COM)
Tue, 25 Jun 1996 08:38:11 -0400
Jim Schekels wrote:
>I opened my mouth and got selected or elected, whichever!
>Our District has a one day 50 miler on tap this fall. The person who was
>working it has apparently fell by the wayside,
Gee, I wonder why?
> so the Program Director asked
>me if I would head it up (right after he gave me all the training dates for
>SMF, DC training and JLT - I'm supposed to JUST be a CR/CC ;-0).
You got to get that "kick me" sign off your back
[snip]>Seriously though - I've walked a few, but never planned nor supported
>So, I think I have a fair handle on what I need to do, but I don't want to
>Just wanted to get your suggestions on things to do, plan for, watch out
>What do you say Scouts-L?
Jim: You need to seriously examine what you are doing. Simple math
will show you that what you are doing while not impossible is a very
impressive task. At 5 miles per hour the event would take 10 hours;
not many people are capable of walking 5 miles per hour and fewer are
capable of sustaining it for 10 hours. And that is without any breaks.
At 3 miles per hours, it would take almost 17 hours and that is without
breaks. Both are fairly impressive paces for level terrain, if you add
hills, trail type travel, and a pack, your pace will be slower. You can
see that your 50 miler is approaching an endurance event.
First, I would recommend that you require ALL participants to take a
Class 3 medical to participate and make sure that the medical form
describes the nature of the event.
You probably should advertise it as a weekend 50 miler and plan
on 25-30 miles the first day and the rest the second day. Your
break point should be at a set up camp site, dormitory, or motel.
This will allow the participants time to rest without the need to
set camp after 8 to 12 hours of hiking.
Depending on the heat you will probably need a refreshment (water)
stations every 3 to 5 miles, this would allow everyone to replenish
frequently and minimize problems with dehydration, heat stroke, heat
Contact the people near you that put on a full 26 mile - 385 yard
marathon. They will better be able to help you plan rest stops,
ambulance placements, organization, insurance, etc.
You should probably set up minimum times to set stations and have
participant who do not make it within the time limit to withdraw.
You'll also need a sag wagon to follow the last of you participants
and pick up the drop outs.
DL, Den 1
CM, Pack 163
CSRTC, Iroquois District, NCC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City