5 DAYS, 15 HOURS AND 4 MINUTES

5 DAYS, 15 HOURS AND 4 MINUTES
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Albert Ernest Clifford Young
(8 February 1922 - 2 November 2003)
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"In 1983, the 61 year old potato farmer won the inaugural Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon, a distance of 544 miles.
Young showed up to compete in overalls and work boots, without his dentures (later claiming that they rattled when he ran.) He ran at a slow, loping pace, and trailed the pack by a large margin at the end of the first day. While the other competitors stopped to sleep for 6 hours, Young kept running. He ran continuously for five days, taking the lead during the first night, and eventually winning by ten hours. Before running the race, he had told the press that he had previously run for two to three days straight rounding up sheep in gumboots. He claimed afterwards that during the race, he imagined that he was running after sheep, trying to outrun a storm.
The Westfield took him five days, 15 hours, and 4 minutes. almost two days faster than the previous record for any run between Sydney and Melbourne. All six competitors who finished the race broke the old record.
Upon being awarded the $10,000 prize, Young said that he felt bad accepting it as each of the other five runners who finished had worked as hard as he did, so he split the money equally between them, keeping none.
He became very popular after this "tortoise and hare" feat, so much that in Colac, Victoria, the Cliff Young Australian Six-Day Race was established that same year. In 1984 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for long distance running.
*The "Young Shuffle" has been adopted by some ultra-marathon runners because it expends less energy. At least three winners of the Sydney to Melbourne race were known to use the "Young Shuffle" to win the race."
Look him up on YouTube ... and run your own "Young Shuffle" in a difficult arena of life.
Pass the inspiration along and ...
"Never, never, never give up."
-Winston Churchill

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