A recent article by Mark right here on CompleteRunning.com got me to thinking about what it means to be a consistent runner. Those thoughts and a short excerpt in Runners World led me to this site: the United States Running Streak Association, Inc., which allows membership only to runners who have logged at least one mile every day for a period of time. Beansprout—you’re eligible—way to go!
The association defines a streak as:
- running at least one continuous mile within each calendar day under one’s own body power (without the utilization of any type of health or mechanical aid other than prosthetic devices).
- Running under one’s own power can occur on either the roads, a track, over hill and dale, or on a treadmill. Running cannot occur through the use of canes, crutches or banisters, or reliance on pools or aquatic devices to create artificial buoyancy.
- Ownership of a running streak, either active or retired, entitles you to a USRSA membership.
- Once that streak reaches a year in duration you then qualify for USRSA listing of your streak.
The streaks listed on this site are truly amazing an awe inspiring. Here are a few examples of amazing feats of running (this is the top 5 from the active streak list):
|1. Mark Covert||14,011 days (38 years 132 days)|
|2. Jon Sutherland||13,704 days (37 years 190 days)|
|3. Jim Pearson||13,438 days (36 years 289 days)|
|4. Kenneth C. Young||13,298 days (36 years 149 days)|
|5. Stephen W. DeBoer||12,962 days (35 years 178 days)|
Wow! Anything over two days is good for me. Thirty-eight years of running every single day is simply amazing and unimaginable all at the same time. All of these runners are true inspirations. Nice work and keep running!