Friday, September 29, 2006
Last year Earl "Ole George" Daniel and Joel Butcher set out to walk for 6 days without sleeping.Upon completion of the feat they had their hearts broken when the Guinness Book of records failed to give them recognition.Undaunted the duo decided to up the ante by walking for seven days without sleep.Originally,the seven day walk was to take place in North America but climatic conditions caused the shift to Kingston,Jamaica.
The Jamaican walk began on Tuesday,Sept 19 at 5.37 pm and finished a week later on September 26th at 5.37pm. Unfortunately, Joel Butcher had to drop out of the walk after suffering a sprained ankle. In all honesty I wasn't feeling the vibe this time around but I acknowledge the tremendous willpower behind such an undertaking.
Surely,it is the ultimate in monotony to walk around Emancipation Park for seven whole days.There must have been times when there was an overwhelming urge to just give up and retire to the nearby hotel. However,despite all the discomforts the goal was realised.
I have a friend who constantly reminds me that the human spirit is capable of achieving great things once we do not limit ourselves. I believe that is a creed by which the marathon walkers live by and one we can emulate.
I don't know if the feat will be recognised by Guinness this time.I do know that these guys are winners with or without the formal recognition.
I have tried running around a field and it's pretty boring, the monotony makes it so much harder to go on!
I hope the get in the Guinness book, but it's not easy for them to get in, they aren't Americans.