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The Vegetarian World Forum
No. 3 Vol. VIII - AUTUMN 1954 p.36:

540 KILOMETRE FASTING MARCH ENDURANCE
BY SWEDISH VEGETARIANS

I.V.U. REPORT BASED ON INFORMATION SUPPLIED FROM STOCKHOLM
BY THEIR TREASURER, JOSEF PEDERSEN

Name Starting
Weight
kg.
Ending
Weight
kg.
Total loss
of Weight
kg.
Bengt Amundin 70.2 60.0 10.2
Lennart Edrén 71.8 63.5 8.3
Gunnar Hagelin 59.1 50.1 9.0
Bengt Laisson 62.1 53.5 8.6
Rickard Lander 72.2 62.0 9.8
Karl Lindberg 72.3 63.9 8.4
Eskil Svensson 69.8 61.9 7.9
Gumnar Winlund 68.8 59.9 8.9
Arne Wingqvist 69.1 60.9 8.2
Gunnar Akerberg 63.2 53.7 9.5

ON August 1st, eleven members of the Swedish Vegetarian Society set out from Goteborg to cover the 300 miles to Stockholm in ten days. This in ordinary circumstances is a good rate of progress but these stalwarts aimed at completing the journey without partaking of any bodily refreshment apart from spring water. Their leader was Dr. Lennart Edrén and their purpose was to prove that fasting can improve health without undermining stamina. The experiment attracted very considerable interest in Sweden where some physicians condemned the adventure at the outset by dismissing it as "insanity." The Press of other countries also reported on the progress of the walkers although some of their remarks were more imaginative than accurate. On the 10th day according to schedule, ten of the eleven participants reached Stockholm and were cheered by great masses of the people. They were immediately examined by physicians of Stockholm's largest hospital who expressed their amazement at the party's good state of health. The names of the participants together with details showing loss of weight over the ten-day period is as follows:-

We congratulate these men of stout hearts and healthy bodies and thank them for the favourable publicity that they have gained for the Vegetarian Movement. It may well be that the competitive spirit which seems to be inherent in human nature will urge the Vegetarians of some other nation to attempt an even more ambitious feat of endurance.

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