Sunday, June 28, 2015
V 5 N. 61 24 Hour Relays? Are You Nuts?
Our friend David Baskwill posted this piece on the Penn State Track and Field Alumni and Golf Blog recently. Penn State Track Alums and Golf Blog Back in the day, some people actually did this kind of thing to themselves. Nowdays we have suicide bombers, but then nobody was promising you a happier afterlife if you undertook such a venture. If any of you ran in a 24 hour relay and would like to share your memories, feel free to add to the comments section below this story. It seems Runners' World was actually promoting such madness. Where were the liability lawyers? Rules were 10 runners on a team, each one ran one mile on a track and repeat the process for 24 hours. If someone dropped out you had to run more frequently. Note that David ran this thing in spikes he had been racing in for three years. He also didn't eat , and drank very little water. Does anyone know if these races still exist? Reading through the piece you will note that David set the 'record' for best mile average ever for a high schooler, but alas within a week his future roommate at Penn State , the noted runner , Alan Scharsu, broke that record. If you look further down in the comments, Bruce Kritzler tells us there were some fanatics doing this with 5-man teams.
Posted by Roy Mason/ George Brose at 6/28/2015 09:26:00 AM