10 THINGS YOU DIDNíT KNOW ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
1. The State Street Caledonian Challenge is Scotlandís largest corporate
gathering: 70% of all entries are from the financial, property,
accountancy, media, recruitment and legal sectors.
2. The Challengeís
unsung heroes include 250 volunteers, including people from the Army, Royal
Marines and Scout Association, as well as beneficiaries of Scottish
Community Foundation funds. Around 350 support teams also play a vital
role providing food, blister treatment and tender loving care to exhausted
3. 8,000 walkers have taken part since 1997 and each walker
burns off 8,000-10,000 calories and takes a total of 144,382 steps during
the 54-mile walk.
4. At the pre-event pasta party, walkers
carbo-loaded on 500lbs of pasta, 125 chocolate fudge cakes and 2,000 cups
of soup. During the Challenge, walkers drink on average 15 litres of
5. 80 physiotherapists and masseurs work round the clock to
soothe away the aches and pains of the footsore and weary at the30- and
42-mile checkpoints as well as the finish.
6. In 2005, 74% of
walkers completed the full 54-miles to get a gold medal, while 18% took
silver and 5% went home with a bronze medal.
7. In 2005, the fastest
team finished in 12 hours and 8 minutes, while the slowest took 23 hours
and 32 minutes.
8. 9,000 pairs of socks are worn by the walkers
during each event.
9. Since it began in 1997,The State Street
Caledonian Challenge has raised over £5.9 million. Over 700 grants
have been awarded to Scottish charities and community organisations,
thanks to this money.
10. By the end of the 2006 event, 9,500 walkers
will have clocked up 513,000 miles between them, which is equivalent to
walking to the moon and back.
March 8, 2006, 2:51 pm
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