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inspirationA recent article by Mark right here on 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!

  1. Mark Iocchelli on January 9th at 7:52 am

    That is SO cool! What a great site. Thanks Aaron!

  2. Aaron Engelsrud on January 9th at 11:44 am


    Thanks for the comment. When I saw this and the stats I was TOTALLY blown away! I had to share this with all of our readers and fellow bloggers here at What dedication.

    Can you imagine 38 years of running everyday?? Wow!


  3. Jeanne on January 9th at 8:05 pm

    as you said, if i run 3 days in a row, i think i deserve a medal. or a pizza. or something.

  4. Just Your Average Joggler » Who wants to juggle and streak? on January 19th at 6:33 am

    […] This article over at the Complete Running Network about people who have kept running streaks alive is inspiring. The longest active running streak is 14,011 days according to the US Running Streak Association. Wow! Currently, my joggling streak stands at 4 days. This is the longest active joggling streak of which I’m aware. If any other jogglers have a streak let me know. […]

  5. Perry on January 19th at 6:39 am

    Thanks for the great article. You’ve inspired me to try a streak of my own. Incidentally, the longest joggling streak I’m aware of is 14 days. Starting this year, I’m going to try to break it.