Skip to comments.Did this man really run the Boston Marathon route 4 times (104.8 miles) in 18 hours almost non-stop?
Posted on 04/15/2018 12:04:30 PM PDT by daniel1212
The story of this extraordinary feat as related here , among other sources, and the background story, is that,
BOSTON - Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is hard enough. Running the 26.2 miles on Patriot Day in Boston can be even more difficult. Lafayette man, David Clark, just ran the course four times in 24 hours.
"I have 10 years of sobriety coming up this year and I wanted to do a run for addiction awareness," said Clark. A decade ago, Clark was 320 pounds and addicted to alcohol and painkillers. Today, he's 160 pounds and a seasoned ultramarathoner.
"I feel like I've been tenderized," said Clark from his Boston hotel room after running 104.8 miles in 24 hours and 17 minutes. "It would take me an hour to list all of the parts of my body that hurt right now."
He started his run at 5 p.m. on Sunday, running from the finish line on Boylston Street to the start 26.2 miles away in Hopkinton. Then, he ran to the finish in the middle of the night, just to return back to the start in time for the actual Boston Marathon.
"I was, actually, the last official starter," said Clark. He finished his official race in 5:53:22, a pace of 13:29 per mile [at which pace, using rounded figures, it would take over 21 hours to run 105 (104.8)miles, and Clark only had 18 hours (from 5pm Sun. to 11:15AM -wave 4-Monday) to run four 26.2 mi courses . But to qualify a 46 yr. old man must have a 3 hr 25 min time, which is about 8 min per mile (208 min for 26 mi), while the average pace between 13:30 per mi and 8 per mi is 10.65, which amounts to 1,118.25 minutes for 105 miles, or slightly more than the 18 hours (1,080.00 min) he had to run. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The man has a book, and he has real corroboration for being a marathoner, yet I do find this feat hard to believe, though not impossible, and did some rough calculations which I thought I would let others examine for any errors or reasoned comments.
Based on what I have read, David Clark finished his official (the last one) run in 5:53:22, a pace of 13:29 per mile. At which pace, using rounded figures, it would take over 23 hours (1,380 min) to run 105 (104.8) miles, and Clark only had 18 hours (from 5pm Sun. to the 11:15AM wave-4 start on Monday) to run his four 26.2 mile runs.
But to qualify a 46 yr. old man must have a 3 hr 25 min time, which is about 8 min per mile (208 min for 26 mi), while the average pace between 13:30 per mi and 8 per mi is 10.65 mph, which amounts to 1,118 minutes for 105 miles, or slightly more than the 18 hours (1,080.00 min) he had to run.
Thus IF my rough calculations are valid, then he would have had to almost run non-stop, or have a faster pace than 10.65 mph.
Now I also read that "Clark has run the Badwater 135 ultramarathon twice. Two weeks after each race, he ran Leadville 100, which is a daunting race through the Colorado Rockies in August." (https://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/recovery/author-tells-of-his-ultra-recovery/) Which attests to his God-given endurance, though nowhere do i see him giving God any credit for his recovery, etc.
For comparison I have also read of a gregarious 47-year old Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, ultramarathoner and former opiate addict, Joshua Stevens, who finished a 121.3 mile 24-hour treadmill fundraising run journey. (https://www.motivrunning.com/running-life/inspiration/trials-miles-24-hours-treadmill)
Anyway, with a windy, cool (mid 40) all-day rain tomorrow about the only record-breaking in the Marathon might be the number of falls.
If he believes he did it, that’s good enough for me!
Pulled a Rosa Ruiz, did he?
You've gotta love Rosie...just hop on the Green Line.Too bad she spelled MIT wrong on her shirt.
Big deal, I did it last year in 17
I didn’t realize that she had also faked the NYC Marathon sub-3 hour finish in 1979. Doesn’t surprise me whatsoever though.
Run Forest, run.
I used to live in Natick. I lived in one of the condo complexes opposite the Commuter rail station. I work just down from the train station.
I couldnt get to work on Marathon day.
What a pain in the ass that was.
Lover ran once and has the finisher’s medal to prove it.
" Running On Empty", Jackson Browne
Yeah but runs using your moped don’t count. 8>)
I run 100 mile ultra-marathons. (5 finishes) The winner of the most recent Umstead 100 did it in 14:04.
Now he can proudly display an oval bumper sticker with 104.4 emblazoned on it.
Although I remain skeptical every time I see one of those.
White Pigeon, Michigan is named after a Potawatomie Chief. He was at a gathering of chieftains in Detroit, and became aware of a plan to attack the village. He ran 150 miles on trails to warn the settlers of the attack. He arrived, delivered the plan, and soon collapsed and died. He is buried in the village.
Yes, and a low of 32. But we could live in the Yukon or even MN. Thank God for what we have.
But they went liberal anyway!
100 miles in 14 hours and 4 minutes? About 7 mph average? Was it downhill? Or do you mean an average pace of 14:04 mph?
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