Saturday, January 21, 2006

New Zealand Centurions

The New Zealand Centurions Endurance Walking Club is a young organisation, having been founded November 29, 1998. The word "Club" in the title might suggest the organisation is a local one, but it is in fact a national body. The club has close links with the New Zealand Ultrarunners Association, with some people being members of both organisations.

The club recognises two types of members: full and associate (also known as supporter). Full members are those who have qualified as a centurion in New Zealand. So far 14 people have. Associate members are those who have joined the club but have not qualified as a centurion. Most associate members participate in long distance walks, but this is not a requirement and anybody can join the club.

As well as recognising centurion status, the club recognises the achievement of walking 100 kilometres in 14 hours 30 minutes.

The club, like many other national bodies in New Zealand representing minor sports, does not have a lot of members and is currently looking at ways to attract more people to centurionism and ultrawalking. One possibly being considered is to recognise other achievements such as walking 80 kilometres in 12 hours or 40 kilometres in six hours, two achievements recognised by the Australian Centurion Club.

Like the New Zealand Ultrarunners Association, the New Zealand Centurion Club usually does not organise its owns events. Instead the club members enter events organised by other organisations, such as by Sri-Chinmoy. The club, as part of its effort to raise the profile of centurionism and ultrawalking, hopes to run its own events.

Some good advice for runners and walkers on this page

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