On June 6th-7th, 2020 the Northern Lights 24 Hour running event will take place in La Conner, WA. As a USATF certified and sanctioned event this race will give athletes from all over the country the opportunity to set national and world records at La Conner High School. As an IAU certified event international athletes will also be able to set records and meet qualification standards for their national teams. The race will not be exclusive to elite athletes however, and like many of these events we will welcome athletes from every level of ability and experience. Our vision is for the La Conner community to come together and create a world class event to showcase our local beauty, talent, and hospitality and in return inspire the community by the amazing feats of human endurance which it will witness.
These types of events may be unfamiliar however they have been growing in popularity in recent years. Their origins come from the 1870’s and 1880’s when competitive walking, also known as ’pedestrianism’, was the sports craze sweeping the country. Huge crowds packed indoor arenas and events would last for six days with athletes walking up to 600 miles. They had cots set up beside the track to take naps and they ate as they walked. The events were a real spectacle with brass bands, food vendors, and celebrities mingling in the crowds. Unfortunately, in 1885 after the ‘safety bicycle’ was invented as an alternative to the penny-farthing, bicycle racing took over from pedestrianism as the popular spectator sport.
Today’s timed endurance running events in which competitors run and walk as far as they can range from six hours to multiple days. 24 hour event top runners will often run 120 miles or more and the best can go beyond 160 miles. At the most recent world championship event in 2019 US athlete Camille Herron won the women’s race setting a new world record of 167.842 miles. Both the US men and women also won the team events. The men’s world record of 188.590 miles set in 1997 by Yiannis Kouros of Greece still stands today.
In order to provide a world class event this year we will be relying on donations and volunteers from the community. Funding will go towards USATF certification and sanctioning of the event, facility rental, event timing, advertising, awards, plus food and drink for the athletes. In addition, many of the high school staff and students will be members of our volunteer team and in return a portion of the proceeds will go back to the school teams and clubs that participated in the event.
Donations with benefits are described in the table below. To send your payment proceed to the bottom of this page and you may also contact our Race Director for additional information.
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in race packet.
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