I'm not used to walking that long a distance. How can I train for the event?
While most individuals who are fairly physically fit should have no problem walking at least 10-15 miles, there are some points to note on long distance walking. The main difference in this type of distance walk is the hard surface, length of time and the number of repetitious steps. While walking can be a much less intense form of exercise than common aerobic sports like running, you should consider that you'll be walking up to 12 hours (depending on your speed and plan). The walk takes place at a variety of elevations and on surfaces including wooded paths, hard-packed trails, sidewalk and road asphalt. The sport of long distance walking is essentially one about endurance and preparation.
The most common reason to not complete the distance is exhaustion and/or blisters and foot problems. These can be avoided by proper hydration, nutrition and carefully considering the right shoes and socks. Even so, walking this distance can be a difficult task. The best form of training is to practice walking by starting a planned program of walking near your home and slowly building, week by week, to at least a 10 mile loop. There is specific information on training for the event available on the website under "Tips." Why not start walking now?