The story behind the 24 hour walk
Endurance sports are a hobby for Jon and his friends. Back in 1908 Theodore Roosevelt (a United States President) issued a physical fitness order for all marine captains and lieutenants to walk 50 miles (80.5 km) in 20 hours. Then many years later, under a different president named John Kennedy brought back this executive order and it sparked an interest for all Americans to take part in this 50 mile (80.5 km) fitness test walking challenge. Because of this, Jon and his friends said “we want to try something crazy.”
“When I found out NLWI was having a Walkathon to raise money I thought, this would be the perfect time to push myself to do something crazy difficult but for a good cause!” In 2021 Jon Tyner and his team walked 50 miles (80.5 km) in 18.5 hours and raised thousands of dollars. But afterward they felt physically exhausted and struggled to get back into their daily routine. This year, they are strategically training and preparing to keep their bodies healthy and safe during their walk.
Jon is regularly trying to walk about 4-8 miles (6-12 km) a day. On Fridays, Shaun, Jack, and Josh come together and walk about 30-35 miles (48-56 km). This is helping to build their stamina for the big 24 hour walk on October 27-28th. In order to stay physically and mentally alert and cared for, they will have teams of people meeting them at certain points to refill their food and water supplies. “Some have even said they will join us for a portion of the walk to keep us company!” Jon is excited to see his church family and community support him and his team on this day.