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  • The Troubadour
    Whole lotta UC today, huh?
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 14, 2009
      Whole lotta UC today, huh?

      <I'm so happy finally, at long last, to contribute something of substance!

      Here. This came into my Inbox earlier today, before the deluge. And I'm
      just *now* getting back to granting this gentleman's request.

      Thanks, all, for bearing with...

      Rich Limacher
      C. C. Writers
      Look for me on the road...

      -----Original Message-----
      From: j_tyszk@... [mailto:j_tyszk@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:26 PM
      To: The Troubadour
      Subject: Fw: Wow!: 50 Miles (i.e., World Record)


      Am working on my BlackBerry today and have no idea how to respond to all the
      dime folk on your email, so I will leave it up to you to distribute as you
      see fit.

      Anyway, see below from my regular running partner Jackson Griffith, who is
      the all time minutiae maestro and pace keeping wizard on any long run.

      John T
      Sent from my BlackBerryR wireless device

      -----Original Message-----
      From: "Griffith, Jackson" <Jackson_Griffith@...>
      Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 20:16:51
      To: <j_tyszk@...>
      Subject: RE: Wow!: 50 Miles (i.e., World Record)

      That is amazing. For me, Yiannis Kouros has the most impressive range &
      collection of Ultra records. His 20:25 Spartathlon record equates to
      8:03 mins per mile, and I'm sure he therefore went over the mountain in
      about 13 hours (it would have still been daylight so he wouldn't have
      needed those yellow markers!). He then probably did the final 50 miles
      to Sparta after the mountain in about 7 hours.

      He also has a 12:35 100 miler to his name (7:33 mpm), when he was in his

      What many think to be his best record is being the only guy to go over
      300kms (186miles) in 24 hours (7:45 mpm).

      He also had a rather fun Athens-Sparta-Athens in 53 hours (therefore
      averaging 26:30 for each 153 mile rep).

      Full list here; http://www.yianniskouros.com/records.html.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: j_tyszk@... [mailto:j_tyszk@...]
      Sent: 14 October 2009 19:53
      To: Griffith, Jackson
      Subject: Fw: Wow!: 50 Miles (i.e., World Record)

      Fancy having a crack at the 50 mile world record? 5.50 pace all the way.
      No problem.
      Sent from my BlackBerry(r) wireless device

      -----Original Message-----
      From: "Hardy, Timothy L MAJ MIL USA FORSCOM" <timothy.hardy@...>
      Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 21:37:34
      To: rayk33@...<rayk33@...>
      Cc: <TheTroubadour@...>; <ULTRA@...>;
      <barkley@...>; <hr100@yahoogroups.com>; <volstate@...>
      Subject: Wow!: 50 Miles (i.e., World Record)

      Ray and Rich;

      Thanks for the post on this topic. By my often challenged math, that
      looks like a 5:50 pace; for 50 miles. That, to me at least, is arguably
      the most impressive record I've ever heard of. Before anyone pings me,
      I'm just saying 50 miles in 4:50 is mind-boggling to me. We're
      consistently see great runners breaking course record after course
      record especially in the trail venue, but has anyone come close to this
      lately and I just missed it?

      Hard to compare to a 100, I know. I did google the world record for 100
      miles and came up with Lion Caldwell, 13:45:26, also from 1984. That
      translates, roughly I think, to about 8:36 minute per mile pace for 100
      miles. Also incredibly impressive.

      Picking 'em up and putting them down, fast, in both cases; for a long

      Tim Hardy
      Central Afghanistan

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "rayk33@..." <rayk33@...>
      Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 18:31
      Subject: 50 Miles (i.e., World Record)
      To: TheTroubadour@...
      Cc: ULTRA@..., barkley@...,
      hr100@yahoogroups.com, volstate@...

      > --------- Original Message ----------
      > From: "The Troubadour" <
      > Greetings Everyone!
      > 25th Anniversary of the Still-Standing World Record for Running the
      > 50-Mile Distance (4:50:51). That record was set on Sunday, October
      > 14, 1984, right here (where I approximately live) along Chicago's
      > Lakefront during the former AMJA Ultramarathons, and the gentleman
      > holding that record is Bruce Fordyce, of South Africa.
      > Yours truly,
      > Rich Limacher
      > Matteson, Illinois USA
      > TheTroubadour@...
      > *************************************************************
      > A quick followup to this post. TODAY is the day. Yep, 25 years ago
      today on the shores of Lake Michigan Bruce Fordyce set the still
      standing WR for 50 miles!
      > Ray K (impressed then, still impressed)

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