Centurion Clubs Around The World
Last updated 29 October 2017
Worldwide there are six Centurion Clubs which hold qualifying events
(annually in most cases) and award centurion status to those
participants who can walk 100 miles within 24 hours. Five of the six clubs are
currently active. In the table below, you can read about them and check
out their websites and centurions lists. The centurion lists have been
produced by Rudy Schoors (thanks Rudy) and are current as of 14 June 2017.
Centurion Vereniging Nederland (C.V.N.)
is the second oldest Centurion club in the world.
After L. Schol, Centurion 291, had become the first Dutch Centurion, more and more Dutch men and women travelled to Great Britain to obtain the Centurion title. Besides the British Centurions, the largest group of foreign Centurions were the Dutch. To stay in contact with each other and to represent the Dutch contingent of Centurions, Centurion Vereniging Nederland (C.V.N.) was founded on the 12th of February 1966. C.V.N. spreads news about past and future races amongst its members, organizes trips to the British races and has a Centurion reunion each year.
In other words, C.V.N. is a
brotherhood of all the Continental European based walkers
who are members of the Centurion League based in England. C.V.N. does
not hold any event of its own - it is a club that exists simply to
honour those walkers from Netherlands, Belgium and surrounding
countries who qualify at British Centurions. The current count is over 300
C.V.N. has its own website at http://www.centurionverenigingnederland.nl and it puts out its own regular club magazine.
The Continental Centurions
were formed in 1973 and, in that
same year, the first Continental Centurion number was allocated.
1 is Jan Vos, who is still an active walker today. The rules to
obtain this title are roughly the same as for Centurions. In the
Netherlands, an annual race walking event is held, either in Weert
(around the Iron Man lake, organised by the O.L.A.T.) in odd years
(2007, 2009, 2011 etc.) or in Schiedam (in the Beatrix park, organised
by the R.W.V.) in even years (2008, 2010, 2012 etc.). These events
include the 24 hours event, a 100 kilometers race, a 50 miles race and
a 50 kilometers race. These events are the only opportunity to obtain
the Continental Centurion title, the Honderdman title or the
In the 2017 qualifying race in Weert in early June, 24 walkers completed the
mile distance and 11 new Continental centurions were added. This takes
the number count to 461 but there are actually only 459
members. Like the English Centurions, two numbers (151 and 159) are not allocated.
They are mainly Dutch, but there are also German, Belgian, British, Danish and Australian Continental Centurions. There is no specific website for the continental centurions so you have to check out tht R.W.V or O.L.A.T. websites for further information.
Continental Centurion list as of October 2017 (compliments of Rudy Schoors) -> List of Continental Centurions.pdf
The Centurions Club of America
was formed by the Columbia Track Club in 1967 and held an annual 24 hour walking event each year for nearly 20 years. Nearly all the early events were held in Colombia in Missouri but as time went on, other venues were used in places such as San diago. Their last event was held in 1983 and the books stood closed at 48 Centurions.It was with great excitement that the Centurion world greeted the news that this group had reformed in 2000 under the auspices of Ulli Kamm and his wife Traudl. That same year, Ulli organised a qualifying race in his home town of Golden in Colorado and 9 new members overcame snow and freezing conditions to reach the 100m mile mark and qualify as American Centurions. Since then, further new members have been added year by year.
Since 2003, the yearly qualifying event has been held in conjunction with the Ultracentric 24/48 Hour Carnival and the event now advertises that those who complete 100 miles within 24 Hours will be awarded the Ultracentric (UC) Centurion Award.
In 2016, Ulli stepped down from his job as American Centurion coordinator and the baton was passed to American Centurion Rob Robertson.
The American Centurion website is http://www.unitedstatescenturionwalkers.com.
In the 2017 qualifier event, held in September in Owega, NY, there were 2 finishers and one new American Centurion was welcomed to the club. The count now stands at 88 members.
USA Centurion list as of October 2017 (compliments of Rudy Schoors) -> List of USA Centurions.pdf
The New Zealand Centurions
The African Centurions
was formed in 2016, with its inaugural qualifying event held on
the weekend of 22-23 October 2016 on Robben Island in South Africa. 19
of the 49 solo walk entrants (15 men and 4 women) completed the full
100 mile distance, thus earning badges C1-C19. The second annual
qualifying event was held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 21-22
October 2017, and it also saw multiple finishers, with a further 10 new
African Centurions (C20-C29). So the member count now stands at 29 members after only 2 years. Impressive!