FAQ

Please read below for some general FAQs on the race.  If you still have questions, please ask me as I am excited to share my experience if possible.

How can I follow the LA-NY Footrace?
There will be a very good race coverage at www.lanyfootrace.com
Also see here

What is the format of the LA-NY Footrace?
The LA-NY Footrace will start in Los Angeles on June 19th- 13 states and 3200 miles later the finish will be in New York City 70 days later. The race format is a stage race which means that all competitors start in one or two groups at 5.30 am in the morning. There will be some basic support through the race organization but it’s highly recommended that you have your own crew. The runner with the lowest accumulated stage running times will win the race in New York.

What are the prizes?
Besides a great adventure story that will last a lifetime, there is no prize money.  It is hard to explain this concept but the experience can be worth more than any prizes won.

Where do you sleep?
Lodging options will include hotels, camping, and possible gymnasium floors.  Since some areas will be mostly deserted, they will provide the best options available.

Is there a cut off?
Yes, all Trans America races since 1992 had a 3.5mile/hour cut off. This sounds slow but if you are injured or experience sickness, it will seem fast enough!  The experience taught me that it is very tough to run close on the cut off times for many days. There is just not enough resting time for the slower runners over the course of the race.

What happens if you don’t make the cut off?
Once the runners have passed Flagstaff, they can stay with the race as “journey runners” but they are not considered official in the competition for the race finishers.

Do you have already a support crew?
Yes I have found two great guys who will support me during the race. See here

But you are welcome to run with me or give my support crew a break any time.

What is job of the support crew?

The main task is to keep me fueled with drinks and food during the 8-14h running day. This is a very demanding job which doesn’t end at the daily finish line. Hotels have to be organized, dinner cooked and maybe some clothes have to be washed. And the next day starts as early as 3:30am again.

 How do you train for such a long race?
You can’t really train for a race like that. Some people have trained up to 200 miles a week for Trans Continental races. I did 40 miles a week for the Trans Australia Footrace.  For the LA-NY race I did a mixed training on trails and roads with an average of 9 hours a week.

Do you do cross training?
Usually I don’t do much cross training besides some bicycle riding in Town. This winter I included a 3 times a week swimming training.  I also skied in winter and did some mountain running as part of my weekly routine.

How big is the mental part in a Trans Continental Footrace?
Hard to tell, but I would say 70%. Your brain makes all the decisions in such a race. The running itself is probably only 30% of the game. Experience helps quite a bit in a race like this. This is not a Marathon where you go out hard and hope for the best. Every little mistake in a race like this can end in a DNF. Like a bad fitting sock can start a little blister. If you don’t take care of this the blister straight away, it can get bigger or even the skin can get infected which could lead to a DNF. There are so many little things to take care and think of over the running day. The runner who takes all this into account might not win the race but he will finish in New York.

 What will be your running strategy?
Starting slow, staying slow and only think about one stage at a time. The most important part in a race like this is to concentrate on your own abilities and not on the competition. In the first weeks it doesn’t matter if somebody is a couple of hours ahead of you. If this runner runs too fast for his abilities and gets injured, this little time cushion can be gone in a day or two. After 70 days of running surely the best ultrarunner wins. There is not much luck involved in this kind of race. Everybody will have his good or bad days. Everybody will miss turns and will run a couple of extra miles.

Do you run for a charity?
Although there are a lot of great charities, I do not want to use the guise of a charity for this personal dream I have had since 1986.  My family does donate to different causes throughout the year but we do not feel this is the appropriate avenue for fundraising where there are large costs that would not go towards helping the charity cause.