No. 6 – Cliff Young
Years Active: 1983 – 2000
Longest Recorded Run: 544 miles
Crazy because… he won an Ultramarathon at age 61.
There is often talk of youth accomplishing feats that many people can only dream of their whole life, especially in China. This is the opposite story. Cliff Young, in overalls and work boots, ran the Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon for the first time in 1983. Young grew up on a vast 2,000 kilometer farm where he often had to herd the sheep in himself, sometimes claiming that it took him two or three days of running. So when the spectators of the big race asked him if he really thought he could finish, he didn’t feel he needed much of an explanation. The forerunners left him way behind at the gun, but Young carved away at their initial lead every day by NOT SLEEPING. After five days of machine like running–which spectators likened more to shuffling– he beat the pack by almost a full day. He didn’t know there was a prize for the race and gave his entire windfall to other runners. The shuffle of the beloved man was adopted by many as the style of least resistance, and Cliff Young’s legend lives on to inspire anyone with a heart, a will, and a sense of wonder.