Re: One Day 50 Miler
Richard B. Pyne (rpyne@PROVO.LIB.UT.US)
Mon, 8 Jul 1996 07:34:23 -0700
> Jim Schekels wrote:
> 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.
Our local districts have sponsored evensts known at 50/20's for
several years with great success. We usually start them on a Friday
evening and go all night. The idea is to walk the 50 miles in 20
hours or less. We run them in a remote part of the county, usually on
a road that runs along the base of a mountain next to a lake. We
also make this a family event and invite all ages to participate.
We require each unit to provide their own support vehicle, and most
of them serve breakfast and lunch to the walkers on the go.
There is always a hat or T-shirt for each entrant and some very nice
awards for those who finish the walk.
Good luck on what can be a great event.
Richard B. Pyne
Provo District Advancement Chairman
Utah National Parks Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City