The 24-hour run, is a time event. During the one-day of running and walking (which is allowed) a runner tries to cover as much distance as possible, in the alloted time period. The winner is the one who covers the most distance in 24-hours.
The 24-hour National Team represents the USA at the International Association of Ultrarunners 24-hour World Championships. There are six-men and six-women selected, from criteria designed to field the best team. The team is accompanied by a team leader, assistant team leader and a team doctor. The top 3 from each country’s team are scored by totaling each runner’s distance. The USATF men’s team was the Bronze medal winner in 2010, while the women have medaled in 2 previous WCs. Scott Jurek broke the absolute 24-hour American record at the WCs, covering 165.7 miles.