April 12, 2013 (Phoenix, Arizona) – Aravaipa Running is pleased to announce the addition of a 6 day foot race to the world renowned Across The Years multi-day running event. The 6 day race will start on December 28, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. at Camelback Ranch – Glendale where participants will walk or run laps on a 1,689.5 meter (1.0498 mile) course through the spring training complex for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. In this “fixed time” foot race, participants will aim to travel as far as possible in the allotted time, having until January 3, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. to complete as many loops of the course as possible. One on course aid station will provide snacks, meals, hot & cold drinks throughout the duration of the event and an on site medical team will assist with blisters and other minor health concerns.
6 day foot races were extremely popular in the late 1800’s during the era of “pedestrians” who would compete for large sums of prize money in front of masses of gambling spectators. Events were commonly held in Madison Square Garden in New York City and would draw tens of thousands of people. The modern day 6 day race was revived in the 1980’s and a handful are still held today.