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David S. Jackson
April 25, 1988
Cairo offers runners some interesting challenges: donkey carts, dust, crazed drivers and, for the last 10 years, an annual 24-hour relay marathon. For that last challenge, each runner on a 10-person team runs a mile at a time, about once an hour, for 24 straight hours. The team that covers the most miles wins. Although I had lived in Cairo since July 1986, I did not hear of the event until U.S. Embassy counselor Ryan Crocker asked me to join his team for the October '87 race.
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April 25, 1988

Cairo's Run Around The Clock

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Finally, at 6:20 p.m., I hobbled through my 19th and last mile and crossed the line in 7:10. At 7 p.m. the gun sounded, and teammate Don Schuller finished his last lap.

As a team we didn't do badly. With a total of nearly 178 miles, we placed 12th overall. We were far behind the winners, the Hash House Harriers, who ran an astonishing 244 miles, a meet record. But ours was a sweeter victory: We beat Freddy's Nightmare by 66 miles.

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