24-hour run

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A 24-hour run is a form of ultramarathon, in which a competitor runs as far as they 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.[1]

Current races[edit]

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.[2]

A 24-hour race exclusively for youth was started in Hong Kong in 2010, and has continued annually (Running to Stop the Traffik).


World records of 24 hour
Women Men
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
Yiannis Kouros
303.506 km/188.590 miles Adelaide,  Australia
4 October 1997

World challenges[edit]

The first international championship was held February 3–4, 1990 in Milton Keynes, England.[3] Also in 1990 founded the European Cup (offset by the two best). IAU annually organizes a world championship called 24h World Challenge. The first IAU Individual Track Championships were held in San Giovanni Lupatoto, Verona, Italy on 22-23 September, 2001.

Year Date Location Champion (m) Champion (f)
2001 22/23.09 Italy Verona Greece Yiannis Kouros 275.828  km Hungary Edit Berces 235.029 km
2003 11/12.10 Netherlands Uden Belgium Paul Beckers 270.087 km Russia Irina Reutovich (ru) 237.052 km
2004 23/24.10 Czech Republic Brno Japan Ryōichi Sekiya 269.085 km Japan Sumie Inagaki 237.154 km
2005 16/17.07 Austria Wörschach Russia Anatoliy Kruglikov 268.065 km Russia Lyudmila Kalinina 242.228 km
2006 25/26.02 Taiwan Taipei Japan Ryōichi Sekiya-2- 272.936 km Japan Sumie Inagaki -2- 237.144 km
2007 28/29.07 Canada Drummondville Japan Ryōichi Sekiya-3- 263.562 km Russia Lyudmila Kalinina -2- 236.848 km
2008 18/19.10 South Korea Seoul Japan Ryoichi Sekiya -4- 273.366 km France Anne-Marie Vernet (fr) 239.685 km
2009 02/03.05 Italy Bergamo Sweden Henrik Olsson 257.042 km France Anne-Cécile Fontaine 243.644 km
2010 14/15.05 France Brive-la-Gaillarde Japan Shingo Inoue 273.708 km France Anne-Cécile Fontaine -2- 239.797 km
2011 canceled[4] Switzerland Brugg, then
Taiwan Taipei
2012 08/09.09 Poland Katowice [4] United States Mike Morton 277.543 km Czech Republic Michaela Dimitriadu 244.232 km
2013 11/12.05 Netherlands Steenbergen United States Jon Olsen 269.675 km Japan Mami Kudo 252.205 km
2014 canceled Czech Republic Plzen, then
Taiwan Taipei
2015 Italy

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bangor Daily News, Bangor, Maine, USA, Style Section, Page 17, "Marathon to raise money for American Cancer Society"
  2. ^ http://www.arrs.net/HP_Ott24H.htm
  3. ^ 'Running' April 1990,Volume 108, p.6
  4. ^ a b Final Update on the 24 Hour World Championships 2011

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