2012 24 Hour Challenge

Just added...LIVE TRACKING...you now have the option to track my exact whereabouts in real-time during my 24 hour run for Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge.  Go to the following link or click on the RunKeeper icon on the left. http://runkeeper.com/user/JimParry/activity/
Satellite and hybrid views tend to work the best.

Stewartville Star article from April 16th:

The 2012 version of my challenge will have me returning to the 24 hour/100 miles format.  Students and others are again challenged to complete 24 hours of exercise over a 10 week period, beginning on Feb. 9th.  That works out to only a little less than 2 1/2 hours of exercise per week for 10 weeks!  Everyone should be able to do that!

The only difference is that I will be joined in my challenge by other teachers and their students from around the country this year.  One of them is a PE teacher in Gardner, KS.  He copied my challenge last year, and will again be doing the same run for his students.  2 teachers, 2 different states, running at exactly the same times on the same days…24 hours each for their students. 

My 24 hour run/walk around Stewartville will take place from 8:15am Thursday, April 19 to 8:15am Friday, April 20, 2012.  If you are in the area, please consider coming to run with me...evening, overnight, and the early hours on the 2nd day are always the most difficult, so I could use the encouragement of company.

As of February 29th, there are about 500 people who have signed up to accept the 24 hour challenge!!!
Sign up for Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge here.  24 Hour Challenge  You can also sign up using the form included at the bottom of this page.

The challenge itself is easy.  Get out and complete 24 hours of exercise over 10 weeks, from February 10th - April 20th.  All movement counts, including running, walking, biking, walking to school, walking the dog, sports practices, etc.  Again, that is only a little less than 2 1/2 hours per week.  Hold yourself accountable and keep track of what you are doing.  Printable log is here.  Mr. Parry's Endurance Challenge 2012 Log   Print this and fill out what you are doing to keep active, the number of minutes, cumulative totals, and any comments on that day. This log is for you to keep and does not need to be turned in to me.  Use it to hold yourself accountable.  You could also use a calendar or create your own log if that is easier for you.  I will have a follow-up Google Form that can be filled out at the completion of the challenge to tell me how it went for you.

Be sure to check back here often for updates and to fill out the follow-up Google Form at the completion of the challenge.

This run starts at 8:15am on Thursday, April 19th and will continue until 8:15am on Friday, April 20. Stewartville Middle School address is 500 4th St. SW.  My run begins and ends here and will be passing by the school during each of my 4 mile loops.  This 4.01 mile loop will be run counter-clockwise.  I will have my aid station in my vehicle set up in the MS gym parking lot behind the school (NW side of the building).  I will again be keeping a log of my miles and the time of day I last stopped by my vehicle on my last lap.  See this log on the front passenger seat to figure the approximate time of my next return.

At some point soon after 6am, I will be switching to this shorter loop near the HS/MS.  This 1.5 mile loop will be run clockwise.  This will keep me away from traffic and will allow me to be closer to aid the last couple of hours.

If you are a teacher and would like to share this challenge with your students or team, or organize a run at your school, please contact me at runjimparryrun@gmail.com.  I would like to expand the 24 hour challenge on to students in other schools.  There are already several around the country that will be doing their own challenges.  The best way for me to do this is to get other teachers involved.  Challenge your students to complete 24 hours of exercise over a 10 week period.  Sign up yourself, print out a log, fill it out, and keep it posted in your classroom for your students to see.  You can have your students sign up individually, or sign up as an entire class - see the form link above for information.  Finish it up with a run or walk as a class, grade level, or school to celebrate.  It would be great if this were to follow the timeline of my challenge here in Stewartville, following the dates listed above.  Let's see how many students we can get out, being active, and doing something good for themselves!

Aside from the known benefits of exercise on brain function, as well as the physical benefits, I try to focus on a few lessons that can be learned from this challenge.
1.  How to set a goal.
2.  How to make a plan to get ready to accomplish that goal.
3.  Preparation to accomplish that goal.
4.  Time to prove yourself - performance, contest, game, test, etc.
5.  What happens if you succeed?  Are you all done then?
6  What happens if you fail?  Are you all done then?
7.  Finding an activity that you are passionate about to do the rest of your life.

All of these apply to school, relationships, etc, as well as athletics!

More details to follow...

See the tabs above for information about the 2009, 2010, and 2011 versions of this run.

These are the shirts available for purchase at Stewartville Middle School.  I hope I feel better than this guy when I am all done with 24 hours.

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