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    The Legend of Cliff Young: The 61 Year Old Farmer Who Won the World’s Toughest Race


    An Unlikely Competitor

    Every year, Australia hosts 543.7-mile (875-kilometer) endurance racing from Sydney to Melbourne. It is considered among the world's most grueling ultra-marathons. The race takes five days to complete and is normally only attempted by world-class athletes who train specially for the event. These athletes are typically less than 30 years old and backed by large companies such as Nike.

    In 1983, a man named Cliff Young showed up at the start of this race. Cliff was 61 years old and wore overalls and work boots. To everyone's shock, Cliff wasn't a spectator. He picked up his race number and joined the other runners.
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    Wow, have never heard of this guy. Cool story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbmason55 View Post
    Wow, have never heard of this guy. Cool story.

    It made my day to read such a great story, I did a bunch of fact checking to make sure it was true since it sounds so unbelievable..

    For me it shows how little age has to do with our physical health and abilities.

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    That's where the running scene from Forrest Gump came from. Also who Cliff Bars are named after.

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    CLIF Bars were named after the founder's father, Cliff Erickson.

    How CLIF Bar Got it's Name

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    I really like that story -- hadn't read it in a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wbmason55 View Post
    CLIF Bars were named after the founder's father, Cliff Erickson.

    How CLIF Bar Got it's Name
    Yes I know this, but it sounded great and made me sound so intelligent.

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    Great story and awesome how he single handedly changed the way the race is ran, even to this day.
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    And he ate Cliff Bars too.

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