The Isles Mile Challenge

The One Mile Runner
“The Isles Mile Challenge”, the fifth One Mile Runner event in five years, combines the themes from our first four tours: speed/strength/endurance (2008), recovery (2009), international travel (2010), and adventure racing (2011). This time, the challenge was to run 7 one-mile races, on 7 different islands, in 7 different time zones, in 7 consecutive weeks.

For this challenge, we chose to go back to our original race completion criteria from 2008 – where every race must be completed in under 5 minutes – or David would need to re-run the race, during the same week on a different island in the same time zone, until he breaks 5 minutes. If he didn’t break 5 minutes that same week, the challenge would end.

Working in David’s favor (at 49 years old) was the consistent sea-level altitude of all 7 island locations. But, working against him were hilly coast roads, desert and tropical climates, gulf stream humidity, the rainy northwest and the brutal challenges he’ll face traveling halfway around the world.

During the 50 day event, David traversed 12 time zones and traveled over 30,000 miles. This 5th One Mile Runner event was a great mental and physical challenge. David completed the Isles Mile Challenge on 8/11/12 on the Big Island of Hawaii. Once again,The Last Mile Racing was the Official Time Keeper of The Isles Mile Challenge. You can review David’s training and race progress on his 2012 Blog.

Race Results

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RaceDateIslandCountryTime ZoneStatusTimeLink
Race #106/29/12GalwayIrelandGMT +1Completed4:49Video
Race #207/04/12ReykjavikIcelandGMTCompleted4:42Video
Race #307/11/12SantoriniGreeceGMT +2Completed4:45Video
Race #407/22/12Mount Desert Island, MEUSAGMT -5Completed4:39Video
Race #507/27/12HamiltonBermudaGMT -4Completed4:49Video
Race #608/04/12Fidalgo Island, WAUSAGMT -8Completed4:43Video
Race #708/11/12Big Island, HIUSAGMT -10Completed4:44Video

“The Isles Mile Challenge” was successfully completed  in seven weeks on 8/11/2012 with seven one-mile races each under 5 minutes.