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The title of US CENTURION was introduced in 1967 by the Colombia Track Club when sixty-year-old, Larry O’Neil, walked the “100” in 19 hours 24 minutes and 34 seconds. This was an American outdoor record for the distance that stood for eleven years.
The race venue has moved around the USA over the years - Colorado, Texas, California, Minnesota....
Over the decades over 90 walkers have achieved Centurion status including many existing British, Dutch, Belgian and Australian Centurions. (But who will get that coveted US C100?)
After the retirement of Ullrich and Trudi Kamm, Erin and Dave Talcott along with Rob Robertson took over the race organsiation in 2016 and the venue changed to New York State.
As usual, the 100 miler attracts existing Centurions from Europe and beyond.
In 2018 Andrew Titley (100 Miles 22:27:32 Total 106.8 Miles) set a new course record.
Report from Rob Robertson 2nd June 2019:
As a result of spring flooding the United States Centurion qualifier FANS race was moved to Lake Normandale in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While only ten miles from the traditional site. Paved completely around the lake. There were several hills on the 1.85 mile loop. The kind of hills that look like mountains late in the race. 18 walkers signed up for the 24 hour including four U.S. Centurions. John Green C70, Joe Roche C74, Rob Robertson C78, David Holmen C91. Rob returned as apprentice judge to Chief Judge Bruce Leasure. David ran with the runners. Other known walkers were Gertrude Achterberg. Gertrude returned to FANS from The Netherlands, looking to complete her collection of six World Centurion Badges. Experienced long distance walkers Paul Terbrack, Ray Sharp, Karen Kramer. Canadian long distance runner Scott Burton switching to walking this year. Retired FANS race directors Paul & Pat Sackett. Long time distance walker with a new knee this year Dave Daubert. Long time race participant Gene DeFronzo. Judy Altman, Kate Rinke, Kendra Martin, Mike Price and Robert Schnetzler rounding out the list.
The race started at 8am sharp. Early Ray Sharp put on a race walk clinic. Gertrude Achterberg not far behind. By the twelve hour mark only Ray, Gertrude and Paul Terbrack were over 50 miles. Joe Roche and Karen Kramer needing a small negative split for success. The hills and hot afternoon took there toll. At 20 hours only Gertrude had a chance at Centurion. Sadly it was not meant to be this year. No New United States Centurion.
2018 race report and results (external website)
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