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Cliff Young: The 61 Year Old Farmer Who Won the World’s Toughest Race

 
 
Reply Sun 23 Nov, 2008 09:51 pm
The Legend of Cliff Young: The 61 Year Old Farmer Who Won the World’s Toughest Race
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/72/Cliffyoung1983.jpg/180px-Cliffyoung1983.jpgEvery year, Australia hosts 543.7-mile (875-kilometer) endurance racing from Sydney to Melbourne. It is considered among the world's most grueling ultra-marathons. The race takes five days to complete and is normally only attempted by world-class athletes who train specially for the event.

In 1983, a man named Cliff Young showed up at the start of this race. Cliff was 61 years old and wore overalls and work boots. To everyone's shock, Cliff wasn't a spectator. He picked up his race number and joined the other runners.

The press and other athletes became curious and questioned Cliff. They told him, "You're crazy, there's no way you can finish this race." To which he replied, "Yes I can. See, I grew up on a farm where we couldn't afford horses or tractors, and the whole time I was growing up, whenever the storms would roll in, I'd have to go out and round up the sheep. We had 2,000 sheep on 2,000 acres. Sometimes I would have to run those sheep for two or three days. It took a long time, but I'd always catch them. I believe I can run this race."

When the race started, the pros quickly left Cliff behind. The crowds and television audience were entertained because Cliff didn't even run properly; he appeared to shuffle. Many even feared for the old farmer's safety.

All of the professional athletes knew that it took about 5 days to finish the race. In order to compete, one had to run about 18 hours a day and sleep the remaining 6 hours. The thing is, Cliff Young didn't know that!

When the morning of the second day came, everyone was in for another surprise. Not only was Cliff still in the race, he had continued jogging all night.

Eventually Cliff was asked about his tactics for the rest of the race. To everyone's disbelief, he claimed he would run straight through to the finish without sleeping.

Cliff kept running. Each night he came a little closer to the leading pack. By the final night, he had surpassed all of the young, world-class athletes. He was the first competitor to cross the finish line and he set a new course record.

When Cliff was awarded the winning prize of $10,000, he said he didn't know there was a prize and insisted that he did not enter for the money. He ended up giving all of his winnings to several other runners, an act that endeared him to all of Australia.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2008 12:39 am
@Robert Gentel,
As I recall, he then married a woman in her twenties, which I guess was due to his proof of his powers as a stayer?
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2008 01:28 am
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Sometimes I would have to run those sheep for two or three days. It took a long time, but I'd always catch them.


I see Gustav's in with a big chance!
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 24 Nov, 2008 01:42 am
@Robert Gentel,
Don't look like no boots and overalls I ever saw.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2008 04:37 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Video I ran across about Cliff Young...

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