New 100 Mile American Record - Running with Miles

New 100 Mile American Record

Written by Charlie
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100 mile record

Jon Olsen after his record-breaking run – photo by Jon Olsen

A couple of weeks ago, Jon Olsen set a new 100 mile American record – 11 hours and 59 minutes! That is just an incredible time! What makes it even more incredible to me is that he did it on an indoor track – over 400 laps!

Jon Olsenbroke the record of 12:12 previously held by Rae Clark. The world record is 11:28 held by Oleg Kharitonov. These numbers are very impressive by themselves but when you break down the average pace ran by Jon Olsen for 12 hours, it becomes jaw-dropping. To read his account of the effort, check this post here.

Jon averaged 7 minutes and 11 seconds for 12 hours! Think about that pace for a minute – that is significantly faster than most people in America can hold for one marathon. He held the pace for almost 4 marathons! His last marathon was a 3:10. Congratulations, Mr. Olsen, on an unbelievable run and accomplishment. I only have one question – what in the world do your tempo workouts look like? 🙂

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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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