Today on the show I am going a few easy miles with Walker Higgins.
Walker has experienced all facets of the running world ranging from racing, crewing, pacing, and directing races.
Each area offers unique challenges and Walker is sharing how continues striving to improve.
Life Is An Adventure
Walker is admittedly not the most talented athlete, but he never stopped moving.
From childhood, he was always active and played multiple sports.
In 2009 running became more of a focus when he signed up for and finished his first 50k.
Prior to running, Walker was heavily into adventure racing.
Adventure racing is still under the radar of the general public and Walker hopes to change that.
Walker has done 75-80 adventure races of varying distance ranging from 3 hours to 10 days.
Unique aspects of adventure racing include:
- Distances can vary greatly from 3 hour long races to 10-day expeditions.
- There is a team component- typically a team consists of 4 people.
- A map and compass are used to plot coordinates.
- The distance can be covered by various means as dictated by the race including, but not limited to: running, hiking, kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding, etc.
The adventure team is only as strong as the weakest link.
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Turning Dreams Into Reality
For years Walker has dreamt up race ideas but never followed through on making them a reality.
That all changed in 2010 when he put on his first race, “Cane Field Classic,” inspired by the generations of his family that grew sugar cane.
The Cane Field Classic has since been an annual event that has a field of about 500 participants.
This race is unlike any other:
- A Cajun band is playing at the end of the race.
- Fresh sugar cane is served at the finish.
- Best known for the “world’s most dangerous medal” – a custom etched 16-20 inch real machete.
The number of races he directs has expanded to 10 races in 2018.
His main purpose in directing races is to design an event that is fun and will push the limits.
In an attempt to keep pushing his own limits, Walker paced and crewed Badwater 135 for the first time this year.
In the near future, he hopes to be competing in the race himself.
The environment in which Badwater takes place is the toughest he’s ever been in.
Our limits are pre-conceived walls that aren’t really there.
It is Walker’s ultimate goal to help himself and others push past those imaginary walls.
Giving back to the running community through pacing, crewing, and directing has helped inspire Walker to find his limits.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- Badwater 135
- Bear Grylls Eco Challenge Race
- Beast For a Day
- Cane Field Classic
- Children Of The Cane
- Florida Extreme
- Patagonia Expedition Race
- What Is Adventure Racing (Video)
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