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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).
|Athlete||Distance (km)||Place||Athlete||Distance (km)||Place|
|Road & track||Mami Kudo
|255.303 km/161.126 miles||Taipei, Republic of China
11 December 2011
|303.506 km/188.590 miles||Adelaide, Australia
4 October 1997
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 269.085 km||Sumie Inagaki 237.154 km|
|2005||16/17.07||Wörschach||Anatoliy Kruglikov 268.065 km||Lyudmila Kalinina 242.228 km|
|2006||25/26.02||Taipei||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
|2012||08/09.09||Katowice ||Mike Morton 277.543 km||Michaela Dimitriadu 244.232 km|
|2013||11/12.05||Steenbergen||Jon Olsen 269.675 km||Mami Kudo 252.205 km|
|2014||canceled|| Plzen, then
- 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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