Incredible! 8 Runners Have Each Run 400 Miles in 4 Days – and They Are Still Going!

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Written by Charlie

There are 8 runners that have each run 400 miles in 4 days – and as incredible as that is, they are still running even further now! Track them here!

As I wrote about yesterday, the international championships are going for the Backyard Ultra – a race that has laps (or yards) of 4.167 miles that must be completed every hour. At the top of every hour, any runner that is unable to go back out is listed as DNF – Did Not Finish. This race goes on until there is only one runner left. And that has not happened yet.

The Backyard Ultra Still Going On

There are 8 runners that have completed 96 laps/yards which equals to 400 miles in 96 hours. While that is incredible enough, they are all still going! The world record is 103 laps so that is definitely in reach, especially when you see the information on the live tracking page here.

The eight runners still going and their actual race times (that is the time that they are actually running) are listed here:

  • Phil Gore – 73 hours, 32 minutes, 28 seconds
  • Bartosz Fudali – 74 hours, 18 minutes, 50 seconds
  • Terumichi Morishita – 77 hours, 10 minutes, 56 seconds
  • Merijin Geerts – 79 hours, 38 minutes, 55 seconds
  • Ihor Verys – 81 hours, 23 minutes, 20 seconds
  • Harvey Lewis – 83 hours, 36 minutes, 11 seconds
  • Jon Noll – 85 hours, 05 minutes, 01 seconds
  • Frank Gielen – 85 hours, 32 minutes, 09 seconds

Now, to make it even easier to get a grasp on – the fastest runner right now, Phil Gore, is competing laps in an average time of 45 minutes and 58 seconds per lap (4.167 miles). But, his last lap, lap 96, he ran that in 45 minutes, 18 seconds – which means his last lap (400 miles) was even faster than his average!

This also means his average running pace is just over 11 minutes per mile – for 4 days straight without taking longer than a 15 minute break.

Check out American Harvey Lewis sprinting out on the start of the next lap after 400 miles! Wow!

And they are still out there! It reminds me of the line from the movie, Iron Will, about dog sled racers covering 500 miles.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

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