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The Long Distance Walks

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Updated October 02, 2007

Do you ever have the urge to just take off walking - and never stop?

Across the Continent
Thru-hiking the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail. Walking across Australia. Walking around the world carrying a 10-foot cross. People take on amazing quests. Former Canadian Volkssport Federation President Ole Oleson and wife Helene are walking from the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific in western Canada, and then across Canada to the Atlantic Ocean. Last week they were making 40 kilometers (25 miles) a day. That's a marathon a day.

Ultramarathons and Death Marches
Ultramarathon runs and walks are growing in popularity. At the 30th annual Dodentocht of Bornem, Belgium (Dodentocht translates as Death March) 6621 walkers started and only 3420 finished. They expect 7000 to enter this year.

Multi-Day Events
Walking a long distance each day for two or more days is a grueling endurance test. International Marching League events (20K to 50K a day) and Avon 3-Day Events (20 miles a day) are hugely popular around the world.

Be a Centurion
People regularly vie to get the title of Centurion - one who has walked or run 100 miles in 24 hours.

Relays
Don't want to go it alone? Form a team for togetherness. Relay walks usually involve each person walking one or more legs of shorter distance - often 3-8 miles - and handing off to the next team member. The relay is all about cheering on and supporting each other.

What makes them walk? How do you join in these endeavors? How do you prepare for it? Let's explore the world of long distance walking.

Next page >> Across a Continent

The Long Walks
Long Walks
Across a Continent
Ultramarathon Walks
Multi-Day Walks
Centurion - 24 and 18 Hr Walks
Relays
Training
Planning
Hazards and Recovery
Humor and Discussion

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