[2020] Vietnam Veteran logs 80,000 miles in quest to see the world

An Ultra Walker’s Log

WALKING 85 MILLION Strides, to SAVE HUMANITY…. And HAVE FUN !!

An “ULTRA” Introduction

OK, that guy who calls himself, Tom Kline may to many be considered as, ODD! After all, he has Race- Walked, most often ALONE, more than 85 THOUSAND MILES.

Yes! Tom also earned a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. With dignity he records that at 1000 strides per mile that distance equates to 85 Million Strides!

And No, Tom did not make up this number. Admitting that is he indeed may a bit odd; he has kept meticulous logs of his Race-Walking adventures for the last 50 years! In fact, for the last twenty years Tom’s monthly logs have been kept securely on his computer for all to see and debate.

[Tom’s favorite expression, however, is “Debating with an Engineer is like wrestling with a Pig. After a while, the Pig discovers that the Engineer likes it”]

Tom has Race-Walked across the North Pole and the Equator, but he loves Scarsdale, New York, U.S.A.!

Alone in the Arctic

I have had some fun documenting my “Ultra” Race-Walks. So here we go and thanks to all for considering this industrial Engineer’s proposal to accumulate, study and pontificate upon TOO MUCH ULTRA WALKING DATA!!

*Ultra Race-Walking Walking Race Resume Tom Kline:

50 Mile Races
1983 New York – 9 hours:58 mins:55sec
1984 Toronto – 10 hours:20minutes
1989 New York – 11 hours:05mins:00sec
1992 Ohio – 10 hours51mins:44sec

>50 Miles<100Km Races
1983  Manhattan to Mahopac [52 miles]
1984  Manhattan to Mahopac [52 miles]
1987  Long Island [54 miles]
1988  Montana [60 miles]

100 Km Races
1984 Maryland – 12 hours:58 mins:13 sec
1984 Toronto – 10 hours:20minutes

24 Hour Races
1983 Essex County, NY – 74.5 miles
1983 Columbia, Mo. – 81 miles
1984 Columbia, Mo. – 93 miles
1985 Columbia, Mo. – 85 miles
1986 Columbia, Mo. – 87 miles
1990 New York – 84 miles
1992 Scarsdale, NY – 75 miles
1992 Long Island – 75 miles
2008 Florida Keys [18hs.] – 68 miles

Multi-Day Races
1985 Arizona – 126 miles
1986 Arizona – 139 miles
2004 Texas – 140 miles

Six Days Races
1984 California – 299.5 miles
1985 California – 270 miles
1988 New York – 306 miles
1989 New York – 315 miles
2003 New York – 326 miles

Ten Day Races
2007 New York – 409 miles

Road Races and Journey Race-Walks
1985 Chicago to Terre Haute – 180 miles
1985 Across Tennessee – 206 miles
1986 Across Tennessee – 105 miles
1986 Blue Ridge,Va. Parkway – 205 miles
1988 Brooklyn to Albany – 154 Miles
1989 Brooklyn to Washington – 350 miles
1989 Nashville – Knoxville – 172 Miles
1990 Brooklyn to Albany – 154 miles
1991 Around Big Island Hawaii – 205 miles
1992 Brooklyn to Niagara Falls – 360 miles
1993 Brooklyn [track] – 300 miles

Across the Sahara Desert

1994 Brooklyn to Ellenville – 125 miles
1995 New York to Pittsburg – 376 miles
1996 Brooklyn to Ellenville, 2 – 125 miles
1996 Across Costa Rica – 110 miles
1997 China to Burma – 75 miles
1998 Across Panama – 54 miles
2002 Marathon de Sables [Sahara] – 150 miles
2003 Across Puerto Rico – 75 miles
2004 Tijuana to San Francisco – 623miles
2004 Across Tennessee -180 miles
*2006 – 2015 Alaska to Florida – 6,500 miles
2007 Ruta Panorimica, Puerto Rico – 155 miles
2019 Through Vietnam – 176 miles
2019 Across Iceland – 90 miles
2019 Scarsdale Birthday walk – 75 miles

Race-Walking Point Barrow, Alaska to Key West, Florida
*My Dream Walk Stages [Mydreamwalk.com]

2006 thru 2105 – 6500 miles

Best Times Race-Walking, Organized Races
10 miles – 1h 28mins
Half Marathon – 1hr 58mins
Marathon – 4hr 23mins
50km [31 miles] – 5hr 07mins
12 Hours – 58 miles
50 miles – 9hr 57mins
100 Km [62 miles] – 12hr 58mins
24 hours – 93 miles
48 hours – 140miles
6 days [144 hrs] – 326 miles

[In addition have completed 62 Marathons]
* Marathons = 62
New York City – 30**
Yonkers – 6
Miami – 5
Orlando – 2
Palm Beach – 3
Ft. Lauderdale – 4
Marine Corps – 2
Jersey Shore – 1
Bay to Breakers – 1
Long Island – 1
Shamrock [Va.] – 1
Heart [Illinois] – 1
Brussels, Belgium – 1
Los Angeles – 1
Achilles [N. Y1… – 1
Canada – 2
Total: 62

** NYC Marathon Years finished [Tom Kline]
1976, 1979, 1980 thru 1984 1986 thru 1993 = 15

** NYC Marathon Years finished [Thomas Kline] 1995, 1996, 2004 thru 2011, 2013, 2015 thru 2018= 15

TOTAL: Ultra Walks 11,280 Miles + Marathons 1625 Miles = 13,000 miles

COUNTRIES WHERE TOM KLINE HAS WALKED 50 MILES OR MORE!

NORTH AMERICA [2]
United States – 51 States
Canada – 5 Provinces

EUROPE [East and West] [25]
Andalusia
Austria
Belgium
Denmark
England [U.K.]
Germany
Greece
Holland [Netherlands]
Iceland
Island of Man
Italy
Ireland and Republic of Ireland
Monaco
Montenegro
Poland
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Turkey
Yugoslavia
Lichtenstein
Switzerland
France
Vatican City

CARIBEAN COUNTRIES [14]
Aruba
Bermuda
Curacao
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Guadalupe
Haiti
Monserrate
Martinique
Nassau
Saint Bart’s
Saint Kit’s
Jamaica
Puerto Rico

AFRICA [7]
Algeria
Egypt
Morocco
Nigeria
Kenya
Tanzania
Zaire

ASIA [15]
Miramar[Burma]
China
Hong Kong
Japan
Laos
Palau
Philippines
Mariana Islands
Guam
Singapore
Vietnam
Thailand
Malaysia
India
Korea

CENTRAL AMERICA [8]
Belize
Costa Rica
Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama
El Salvador
Mexico

SOUTH AMERICA [7]
Bolivia
Brazil
Colombia
Ecuador
Peru
Surinam
Venezuela
TOTAL, 78 COUNTRIES RACE- WALKED!

Race-Walking Vietnam 2019

TOM’S ULTRA-RACE-WALKING SUMMARY LOG
[ 85.000 Miles Race- Walking Across OUR World’s Tracks and Trails ]

The data below are based on a number of Written Logs maintained over many years. From 1991 to 2019 a weekly Computerized Log has been maintained to document specific miles walked.

My miles Race-Walked, Training, Races and Journey Walks, in yearly segments, were as follows:

YEARS – MILES WALKED
1968 through 1970 – 2,250
1971 through 1980 – 12,660
1981 through 1990 – 14,728
1991 through 2000 – 13,286
2001 through 2019 {August} – 42,700

TOTAL LIFE TIME MILES RACE-WALKED : 85,629

And, his favorite Race-Walking Venues ? The High Arctic of Alaska, the Sahara Desert in Morocco and…. Of course, The Bronx River Trail near Scarsdale, New York!






California Dreamin’

Now Wait a Minute!

Do Southern California runners actually race through deep sand? And do they splash along angry beach surf just to qualify as “Californian”?

Well, of course, and why not?

Hey, I am not only a New Yorker but, also a Race-Walker. I admire runners! Today August 3, 2019 I came to love these same Californian neighbors too!

There were less than two hundred of us in this beach race. But, as they often proclaim here, “No Worries!”.

The one hundred High School Cross Country team members darted off as the starters fake gun ticked a silent beat. Us Old Salts however, were up for the fight. Seasoned Southern Cal, newly balding, runners quickly overtook some, but not many, of the High Schoolers who hadn’t trained up for the task.

I played it cool! I was the only one who had a water bottle tucked comfortably, along with a dry pair of socks. in my fanny pack. I sipped the ever-warming liquid frequently splashing my head often warding off the rising morning sun!

As a veteran of walking across Morocco’s Sahara Desert, a long pair of dress socks covered my worn our running shoes precluding sand from dragging me down.

On a high, this being my very first deep sand beach race, I puffed loudly on every stride and sang-out YES! every 100 yards. There was no question then that the true Californians confirmed first hand that I indeed was Weird!

My exuberance was not always rewarded with glory. On the return trip of this two- mile adventure the heavy surf grasped my shins, inundated my trusty shoes and almost sent me reeling into the deeper channel where Dolphins[ and perhaps their feeding Sharks] were meandering yards off shore.

The High School Cross Country champs and middle-age Californian Machos [and Machas] were already collecting their winners’ medals when I passed under the Hermosa Pier finishing point for this memorable journey. As the youngsters hugged, kissed and congratulated, I headed to the beach-front bar for a cold beer.

Someone announced that I was seventh in the 70 to 99-year-old age group division, even if I was the only Race-Walker! “Now worries”, my ego responded I will be back again when I am 100. Then what will they do????