New Zealand Centurions


  1. In a judged centurion race in New Zealand, is it legal for my front leg to be bent?

    Yes, your front leg can be slightly bent with the restriction that you gain no advantage from a springing action.

  2. During a race, am I allowed to stop and rest?


  3. Do I have to be a fast walker to complete 100 miles in 24 hours?

    No. The average speed needed to complete 100 miles in 24 hours is 6.71 kilometres per hour which is just one kilometre per hour faster than the average speed of people walking in the street.

  4. If speed is not important, what is?

    • Stamina: you need this to walk 100 miles.
    • Determination: of the people who have achieved centurion status, all but the very fit felt tired at some point during the 100 miles. Determination got them through.
    • Pace judgement: the more variable your pace during the 24 hours, the less distance you are likely to cover.

  5. I've read accounts of walkers hallucinating during a 24 hours race. Do people actually hallucinate?

    This can happen to people running 24 hour race, but we have never heard of it happening to someone walking a 24 hour race. Runners who have reported hallucinations have found the hallucinations go away after a short rest.

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Last modified: October 28, 2007.