Frank van der Gulik

Frank van der Gulik
  • Full Name: Frank van der Gulik
  • ID: 5937
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Nationality: Netherlands
  • Birthdate: 1977-08-29
Mini CV
Finisher of 34 racewalks of 100 miles within 24 hours. I won two of them.
100 mile-best so far: 19:57:18
24 hour best so far: 183.545 metres on a track.
28 hour best so far: 211,089 kilometres on the road.
Dutch 50 kilometres racewalk-champion in 2012.
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Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.
This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.

Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. The idea for its creation is belongs to John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander. As a lover of Greece and student of ancient Greek history, Foden stopped his reading of Herodotus' narration regarding Pheidippides, puzzled and wondering if a modern man could cover the distance from Athens to Sparta, i.e. 250 kms, within 36 hours.