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A 24-hour run is a form of ultramarathon, in which a competitor runs as far as he can in 24 hours. They are typically held on 1- to 2-mile loops or occasionally 400-meter tracks. Top runners will often run 200 kilometers or more, depending on conditions, and the best can go beyond 270 kilometers. Some participants will have a crew to help them, but others just set up a camp with all the gear and supplies they need near the starting area to access each loop. Often 24-hour events are combined with 6-, 12-, and 48-hour events. 24-hour runs have also been held in relay formats, with runners completing a mile each in succession for 24 hours. Often these events were not sanctioned, and more for charitable purposes.
The German website DUV lists 160 24-hour races that were scheduled for 2012 a figure that has doubled over the last 10 years. The longest running 24-hour race is the Self-Transcendence 24 Hour Race Ottawa, Canada which began in 1981.
A 24-hour race exclusively for youth was started in Hong Kong in 2010, and has continued annually (Running to Stop the Traffik).
- The world record is held by Yiannis Kouros (GRE) who ran 303.506 km/188.590 miles on a track during the Sri Chinmoy Ultra Festival in Adelaide, Australia in 1997.
- The Women's world record on Track is held by Mami Kudo (JPN) who ran 255.303 km/161.126 miles in Taipei,TAIWAN Dec. 2011.
The first international championship was held February 3–4, 1990 in Milton Keynes, England. Also in 1990 founded the European Cup (offset by the two best(IAU) annually organizes a world championship called 24h World Challenge.
|Year||Date||Location||Champion (m)||Champion (f)|
|2003||11/12.10||Uden||Paul Beckers 270.087 km||Irina Reutovich (ru) 237.052 km|
|2004||23/24.10||Brno||Ryōichi Sekiya 269.085km||Sumie Inagaki 237.154 km|
|2005||16/17.07||Wörschach||Anatoliy Kruglikov 268.065 km||Lyudmila Kalinina 242.228 km|
(commonly known as Taiwan)
|Ryōichi Sekiya-2- 272.936 km||Sumie Inagaki -2- 237.144 km|
|2007||28/29.07||Drummondville||Ryōichi Sekiya-3- 263.562 km||Lyudmila Kalinina -2- 236.848 km|
|2008||18/19.10||Seoul||Ryoichi Sekiya -4- 273.366 km||Anne-Marie Vernet (fr) 239.685 km|
|2009||02/03.05||Bergamo||Henrik Olsson 257.042 km||Anne-Cécile Fontaine 243.644 km|
|2010||14/15.05||Brive-la-Gaillarde||Shingo Inoue 273.708 km||Anne-Cécile Fontaine -2- 239.797 km|
|2011||canceled||Brugg , then
(commonly known as Taiwan)
|2012||08/09.09||Katowice ||Mike Morton 277.543 km||Michaela Dimitriadu 244.232 km|
|2013||May||Steenbergen||Jon Olsen 269.675 km||Mami Kudo 252.205 km|
- Bangor Daily News, Bangor, Maine, USA, Style Section, Page 17, "Marathon to raise money for American Cancer Society"
- 'Running' April 1990,Volume 108, p.6
- Final Update on the 24 Hour World Championships 2011
- 24-Hour Race news and events - Comprehensive worldwide 24 hour race calendar
- ULTRAmarathonRunning.com Global Ultramarathon Races & Events Calendar
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