Gunning for the 1,000-Mile Relay Record
At the end of this summer, a squad of current and former Penn State track athletes will attempt to break the 1,000-mile relay record.
The world-record attempt is being put together in honor of fallen Penn State pole-vaulter Kevin Dare, who lost his life 10 years ago while competing at the Big Ten Indoor Championships when he fatally struck his head after a failed jump.
The super-sized relay team will start from the field house at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where Dare died, and run in 5-mile shifts all the way back to Penn State.
In order to beat the current world record of 99 hours, 3 minutes and 27 seconds, the team will need to average sub-six-minute miles for the length of their record attempt. The current record, set by a team from South Africa, was set in 2002.
According to a website set up by organizers, LifeBackOnTrack.com, the team is gunning for “a goal of not just surpassing [the record], but demolishing it.”
All money raised in support of the record attempt will benefit the Kevin Dare Foundation, which provides college scholarships to high-achieving high school athletes who have suffered a debilitating illness or injury.