Evidently, nearly 150 years ago, the sport of pedestrianism captured the world by storm. Thousands of people lined the streets to watch the athletes of their time…walk around a track for almost a week. 🚶🏻♂️
To be fair, the competitors were allowed to run as well, but the essence of the competition was this:
…contestants were required to walk in circles for six days in a row, until they had completed laps equivalent to at least 450 miles (724km). They could run, amble, stagger or crawl, but they must not leave the oval-shaped sawdust track until the race was over. Instead they ate, drank and napped (and presumably, performed other bodily functions) in little tents at the side, some of which were elaborately furnished.
Ye olde times sure sounded like a hoot.