The six day run was held last week at the 15th Street Park, with the overall winner being Bob Oberkehr from Northvalle, New Jersey.
There were 22 participated in the race, eight of them being from Douglas, Gary Cross with 52.5 miles, Amy Lindenftlter 63 miles, Rita Long 57 miles, David Melendez 50 miles, Gustavo Melendez 100.5 miles, Andrea Moreno 16.5 miles, Michael Ortega 76.5 miles and Eric “Toto Tortuga” Othon 16.5 miles.
The race is held on grass, pavement and dirt. Participates compete at their own pace with the more experienced competitors taking breaks during the heat of the day and doing most of their walking in the early morning or late at night.
They competed in 100 plus degree temperature and wind gusts at times reaching an estimated 30 miles an hour.
The youngest competitor this year was, Eric “Toto Tortuga” Othon, 2, who walked 16 miles as of Saturday morning, said Charles Michon, his caregiver. He started last year just to relieve some of his energy, but he really seems to like it, added Michon.
Many people walk for health reasons, others walk for enjoyment, said Gary Cross, race coordinator.
It is nice to see a community where people like to get involved in many activities, said Oberkehr, Gary has done such a good job with setting up everything and organizing this event.
We are always looking for volunteers, and people who would like to compete, said Cross, who will start planning next year’s race in December.