May 25, 1979

On This Date in! in 1979, Raul Gonzales of Mexico completed a 50,000 meter walk in a record time of 3:41:38. 50,000 meters is 31 miles, which means he was ‘walking’ at a rate of better than 8 mph, which also means that he was ‘averaging’ a mile every 7 minutes and 8 seconds. If Raul Gonzales had walked the Peachtree Road Race, he would have completed it in 44 minutes. The dedicated amateur runners at the Peachtree know they have run a good race if they complete it in under 45 minutes.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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