24 in 24 Challenge

by Conner Juilfs

The triathlon club hosted the annual 24 in 24 challenge that required participants to run 24 miles in 24 hours. Seven participants started this challenge at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Three participants finished the challenge including Tommy Clark, Brooke Banzer, and Geoff Converse.

Participants gathered at the top of the hour every 24 hours to run a planned route. Routes included running around the perimeter of campus, running down C St. and back, and running a mile on the track. 

“This is a popular event as people always ask us when it’s going to be held,” president of the triathlon club, Annie Collins, said. “They enjoy having a support system that motivates them to actually run the 24 miles in 24 hours. It gives them a feeling of accomplishment that they’ve ran that much.”

 According to Collins, the 24 in 24 challenge was started by a group of students a number of years ago who thought it would be fun to try the challenge of running 24 miles in 24 hours. Eventually, the triathlon club took up the idea and made it an official event at Simpson College.

 “We were a little disappointed with the lack of participants this year compared to last year when we had 15 participants,” Nick Hermon, vice president of the triathlon club, said. Hermon took place in the challenge himself, but could not finish it.

 “We want to offer a form of active and fun activities in which students can achieve a sense of personal accomplishment,” Collins said.