The Back on My Feet 20in24 Challenge incorporates the Lone Ranger ultramarathon – a 24 hour race on an 8.4 mile loop along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
This year saw the 6th running of the event organised by Back on my feet (BOMF) which is “dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.”
Top runners from the US and Japan helped create the deepest field so far at this event and last years winners returned to take the top spots again. Serge Arbona set a new course record with 154 miles besting his last years course record of 147 miles lifting him up to the fifth best 24 hour performance this year. Sabrina Moran who ranks number 1 in the world at 24 hours at the moment and last year set the womens course record, ran 135 miles to take the top spot. Japans Ryoichi Sekiya was second and the USA’s John Dennis also ran well.
The USA qualifying distances for the 2012 World Championships in Poland were 135 miles for men and 120 miles for women.
22 runners broke the 100 mile barrier from 207 starters.
Full results on the 20in24 Challenge race website