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Analyzing A THON 2022 Dancer’s Apple Watch Statistics

Standing for 46 hours is no easy task. During THON 2022, 667 dancers took part in the no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon. You could say the dancers are #BuiltDifferent for withstanding that much stress on their bodies.

Senior Cassie Baker danced in THON and wore her Apple Watch for the duration of the weekend. To see just how strenuous THON 2022 was, we took a look at the numbers:

Friday, February 18 (starting at 6 p.m.)

  • Steps: 11,678
  • Distance: 5.49 miles
  • Active Time: 3 hours 13 minutes
  • Incline: 3 flights of stairs
  • Calories burned: 423

Saturday, February 19

  • Steps: 36,005
  • Distance: 15.82 miles
  • Active Time: 9 hours 46 minutes
  • Incline: 2 flights of stairs
  • Calories burned: 1,246

Sunday, February 20 (until ~4 p.m.)

  • Steps: 19,763
  • Distance: 8.92 miles
  • Active Time: 5 hours 24 minutes
  • Incline: 6 flights of stairs
  • Calories burned: 697

THON Weekend Total

  • Steps: 67,446
  • Distance: 30.23 miles
  • Active time: 18 hours 23 minutes
  • Incline: 11 flights of stairs
  • Calories burned: 2,366

In total, Baker walked a marathon, a 5K, and about a mile extra. In this distance, she could have walked to Bellefonte and back, all the way to Lewistown, nearly the whole way to Lock Haven, and more than 121 laps on a standard track.

“I wasn’t necessarily surprised at the amount I walked, but I wasn’t expecting it to be more than a marathon,” Baker said. “Doing laps around the BJC was one of the biggest helps as a dancer.”

She hit 117% of her fitness goals on Friday, 360% on Saturday, and 198% on Sunday. To put things into perspective, Baker logs around 6,000 steps and three miles on an average day.

Baker looked at her stats once on Saturday and was surprised by the number. That said, she was even more surprised by the very end after seeing how much it increased.

While the physical stress of THON is one thing, the mental fortitude dancers need is just as impressive. Saturday evening, Baker described an experience where she was “dreaming with her eyes open” in the bathroom.

“It was a really weird experience that I think was brought on by standing still in the line,” Baker said. “After that, it was hard to snap out of the tiredness, but I eventually did and made it through to the end.”

After getting home from THON, Baker slept for a solid 17 hours to recover.

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Colleen Nersten

Colleen is a washed-up biology grad and former associate editor. Her legacy will live on through stories like “10 Questions With State College Sensation ‘Hot UPS Bae’”. If you’re a STEM girlie, this is your sign to take the leap of faith and learn to write. It’s pretty fun. Colleen misses the hate mail and can be reached at [email protected] or via LinkedIn.

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