5 Wonders Under 25 Minutes

The One Mile Runner

For 2011, David set his goal on “adventure”. The world is full of wonders — Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, New Seven Wonders of the World, Seven Natural Wonders of the World and Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

David selected five of these Wonders to be the focus of his 2011 event “5 Wonders under 25 Minutes”. He set out on a new adventure once a month for five months with a goal of a sub-25 minute cumulative time.

The challenge of this event, after we found each of these locations (did you see the 2010 Amazing Race contestants looking for Stonehenge?) was scouting a terrain suitable for a sub-5 minute mile course. We preferred a cool, dry day at sea-level on pavement, but realized that it wouldn’t be an “adventure” mile without a gravel trail through Petra, the 92 degree temperatures and 77% humidity of India, a little fog, rain or cross-wind on the Golden Gate Bridge or the 6700 foot elevation of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.

David completed 5 Wonders Under 25 Minutes in 24 minutes and 31 seconds on 9/10/11 in Petra, Jordan. The Last Mile Racing was the Official Time Keeper of the races. David shared the details and video of each race on his 2011 Blog.

Race Results

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RaceDateWonderWonder List1CountryStatusTime2Total TimeLink
Race #105/29/11Grand CanyonNaturalUSACompleted4:54.0704:54.07Video
Race #206/25/11StonehengeMedievalEnglandCompleted4:43.1109:37.18Video
Race #307/16/11Golden Gate BridgeModernUSACompleted5:04.7214:41.90Video
Race #409/02/113Taj MahalNewIndiaCompleted4:55.6219:37.52Video
Race #509/10/11PetraNewJordanCompleted4:53.1524:30.67Video

1. Wonders of the World Lists Wikipedia.com
2. Official Timing Company The Last Mile Racing
3. 8/30 race postponed due to illness, see Blog for details

The “5 Wonders Under 25 Minutes” event was successfully completed on 9/10/2011 in 24:30.67 (averaging 4:54.13 per mile).

Event Photos