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Re: [RC] [RC] [RC] [RC] RideCamp -LDs. - Joe Long

On Thu, 29 Apr 2004 21:36:00 -0400, Truman Prevatt
<tprevatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

The marathon/10 k analogy is a poor one. The marathon is a foot race 
that is exactly (41.3 km or 26 miles 385 yards). It is the distance from 
Marathon, Greese to Athens, Greece and the race got it's name when a 
messenger ran from Marathon to Athens to announce a victory over the 
Persians in 490 B.C. The 10 k is a foot race of exactly 10 km and the 
400 meter is a foot race of exactly 400 meters. Endurance riding has 
evolved. It was first a long distance race, Barbara reported a 35 miler 
in the early days. Then after the AERC came about it was mostly 100 
miles. Then it evolved to 50 miles and up. The term "endurance" covers a 
lot of distances.  For the analogy to marathon and 10 k to be valid 
there would need to be separate events for each distance, 50, 55, 60, 
65, etc. and statistics and records kept in each distance with 
championships offered in each distance.

I think that's a nit-pick, but it is a reason that in my recent posts
I've used the analogy of "Ultramarathons" -- which, like endurance
rides, cover a range of distances.  I think the definition of an
"Ultra" is anything longer than a marathon.  And, no matter how many
marathons you run, to be an "Ultra" runner you have to complete an

Endurance riding is still evolving and I suspect that some day the 25 
will be part of the sport - and not segregated into it's own category. I 
am sure a lot of old timers never though a whipper-snapper only riding 
50 miles ( or as some put it a half a ride ) would ever be considered an 
endurance rider.

I do believe the definition of an endurance ride could be better.  A
minimum of 60 miles in one day would be an improvement IMO, or even 75
miles in one day.  But as a practical matter I don't think the AERC
will be raising it anytime soon.   ; ^ )

However, 25 - 35 mile rides are already part of the AERC, and part of
the sport of distance riding.


Joe Long

The two best drugs to have in your kit are Tincture of Time and a Dose of
Common Sense. These two will carry you through 99.999% of the problems
associated with horses and endurance competition.
~ Robert Morris

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