We invited you to lace up, and 146,719 miles later...

In all, 726 took part in our100 Runs in 100 Days Challenge, which is the second-most in the 13-year history of this grand beer bet. Over these 100 days you who took part completed more than 31,000 run sessions lasting at least 30 minutes. During that time 146,719 miles were covered by foot.

As of this moment 129 completed 100 runs in 100 days, and because the leaderboard shows that 142 have logged at least 99 runs the final total of those completing at least 100 runs is likely to rise when all the runs are logged. About 170 ran at least 90 times during this Challenge, and about 200 ran at least 80 times.

Last year 761 took part and this was the largest total ever for this Challenge. Exactly 130 ran 100 times, and 175 ran at least 80 times, so, while some fewer took part this year, those who take part are getting the hang of it.

The Grand Champion was Slowtwitch user Bluestacks867. He logged 550 runs. Yes, that’s 5.5 runs each day, every day, for 100 days. During that time he ran 1,665.5 miles, which is 16 and two-thirds miles each day, more than 116 miles every week for 14 weeks.

Second place was Do3b, well back with 202 runs, but he stamped his imprimatur on the Challenge in his own special way. He spent 7 hours today, on day-100, on the treadmill, during which he covered 41 miles. Along with Bluestacks he cracked the 1000-mile barrier (1000 miles over 100 days) and average about 75 miles per week over this 14-week span.

Third place went to triordie1994 with 200 runs, and in 4th with 192 runs was perennial age-group triathlon champ danstu4. He ran his runs at an average pace of 6:40 per mile. In 5th place was qintegral, who probably ran the most mileage per run. He ran 171 times during this 100 days, at an admirable average pace of about 7:40 per mile, and ran about 8.3 miles every time he laces up his sneakers.

“Well, this was a great challenge, congrats to all who participated!” wrote twcronin, who ran 124 times in 100 days. “I enjoyed the process regardless of how it translates into races, and will be keen on doing it again next year!”

DGTri paced the Challenge correctly. “Great challenge all. First year for me and I got a lot out of it. Ran 175 miles the first 50 days and 233 miles the second half to finish with 105 runs and 408 miles. Saw a steady improvement, easy pace at start was around 8:30 pace and was 7:40 pace by the end. “

Perennial Challenge participant mistressk seemed to do all her running in snow. “Good game all - high fives and fist bumps all 'round!” Her 121 runs was 1 run more than her Challenge total last year.

The Most Inspirational award, if we had one, would certainly go to devashish_paul, who gave up running after endurance-career-ending nerve damage left him unable to run at all. He reluctantly abandoned running, turning to Masters swimming, which he took up with a fever. Dev nevertheless soldiered through last year’s Challenge, starting with 1 minute of shuffling, after which he had to stop and rest.

This year was different. Dev ran 100 times in 100 days, completing 480 miles at an average of 9:14 per mile. Dev’s rise from running ashes is all the more special as he was the originator of this Challenge, 13 years ago.