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RE: Robert Young fakes run across America

RY runs for donuts wrote:

[quote]RY runs for donuts wrote:

If you look last evening's video, Mr. Young is averaging ~20s between utility polls. Utility polls are spaced ~125' apart along highways - in urban environments they are often closer and there is more variance in spacing due to infrastructure (tethers/drops to buildings, driveways, intersections). This would mean Mr. was traveling at 6.25 ft/sec or ~9mph in the video.

Not a bad effort at the end of a 40 - 50 mile day, but it looked to be a show for the camera and Mr. Young was having far more difficulty with the pace than the fellow pushing/carrying the camera in-front of him. It makes it difficult to believe he held that pace (or better) for the first 2 - 3 weeks of the attempt.

Your math is way off, 6.25ft/sec is like 4.25 MPH.[/quote]

You are correct ... I made a simple, but significant error.

I was off preparing dinner for the family when it occurred to me I inadvertently (and carelessly) flipped the numerator and denominator when I went to convert from ft/sec to miles/hour. I figured folks would be all over it before I returned.

Yes ... 3600/5280 makes for about 4.25 mph and not 9mph (as would be the case when I multiplied by 5280/3600).

Now I need to go back and count sidewalk sections between the utility polls because 4.25 mph seems far to slow for the amount of effort on Mr. Young's face.[/quote]

I have read they are closer to 180' between each, which would make that closer to a 6.1 mph pace, seems more reasonable given his stride.[/quote]

Uh, no. They can be spaced at anything. There is no uniform standard. How tall are the poles? What is the wattage of the luminaire at the top â€“ 100, 250, 400, 1000? What sort of road is it and what lighting spec are you trying to meet? And oh, another half dozen or so variables. Iâ€™ve seen spacings as tight as 75 feet and as long as 400.

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