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The State Street Caledonian 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 walkers.
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 water.
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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