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Fittest Air Force Evah July 2, 2021

Posted by geoff in News.

You may have heard that the Air Force is planning on changing their fitness testing to allow walking and raised hand pushups. One wag burdened us with his thoughts:

“I think you can make an event like walking just as hard as running depending on how you score it,” Spoehr said. For example, he explained, a two-and-a-half mile walk in 13 minutes for a 17-year-old can be “really, really hard to make.”

Doing some quick math (13 minutes/2.5 miles) gives us 5.2 minute miles (5 minutes, 12 seconds), which I’m pretty sure no human on the planet is capable of doing.

For comparison, let’s check in on the world record for a mile:

British Olympian Tom Bosworth race-walked a mile in 5:31.08 at a Diamond League meet in London on Sunday, the fastest time ever in the rarely contested event. Bosworth broke a 27-year-old record by almost six seconds.

When I was a young lad in the Air Force we were required to run a mile and half in less than 12 minutes. Perhaps that’s more like what General Spoehr (ret.) was thinking. But I’m kind of stunned that no one did a spit take when he made his statement.


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