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Monday, July 22, 2013

Mark Covert Ends World Record Running Streak on 45th Anniversary

The world's longest running streak will come to an end Tuesday morning as AVC track and cross country coach Mark Covert will make a last run around the Lancaster campus.

Covert has run at least one mile every day since July 23, 1968, a record that he has meticulously documented through journals. By this Tuesday, July 23, his streak will have covered 149,660 miles over 16,436 days despite a broken foot, minor surgery, his wedding and the birth of his four children.

But trouble with his right foot has reduced Covert's running to "more like a hobble" and he's decided to end the streak on the 45th anniversary.

His last run of approximately one mile is due to begin at 7 a.m. at the ticket office of Marauder Stadium and proceed northeast toward the softball stadium and in a clockwise motion utilizing interior campus roadways past the Child Development Center, APL, BE and SSV buildings and back to the ticket booth.

Covert has invited friends and wellwishers to run the last mile with him to celebrate the event and the Streak.

The streak has been featured on NBC's Today Show as well as in various media throughout the country.

Covert's significant accomplishments include:

  • The first to wear Nike "waffles" in competition
  • Member of Mt. San Antonio College Cross Country Hall of Fame - the first as both athlete and coach
  • Enshrined in 1992 into Nike's Hall of Fame in the "Pioneer" branch as one of the company's first employees
  • The first member of the NCAA Division II Cross Country Hall of Fame
  • Community college and Division II cross country champion as a runner
  • Coached six state champions and one state championship team
  • Enshrined in L.A. Valley College Hall of Fame in 2009
  • The first Marauder coach to be honored with the CCCCA Coaching Achievement Award, receiving the award in 2010
  • Has a Cal State Fullerton's Cross Country Meet named for him.
  • Two-time California Community College Cross Country Champion
  • National record breaking 4 x 1 mile relay team
  • Two-time national six mile cross country champion, 1969-70
  • NCAA Div. II cross country champion

A full bio can be found at http://gomarauders.avc.edu/!Stats/1213info/xcmg/coaches.pdf

Streak numbers

LAST DAY MISSED — July 23,1968
TOTAL DAYS — 16,436
TOTAL MILES — 148,356
AVG. DAY — 9.2 miles
AVG. WEEK — 64.5 miles
AVG. MONTH — 280.0 miles
LONGEST RUN — 52 miles
SHORTEST RUN — 1 mile
BIGGEST WEEK — 210 miles
SMALLEST WEEK — 27 miles
BIGGEST MONTH — 708 miles
SMALLEST MONTH — 90 miles