This past Sunday in Frankfort, a runner came within 4 seconds of breaking the weeks-old world record for the marathon. But that’s just for regular running. Tucked away in the fringes of our sport are other records — from the dubious to the, well, more dubious. Yes, these records are real; I can’t make this stuff up. And as far as I know, they are all still current, although if they’re not, well, I think we’ll all still sleep fine at night. Read and enjoy!
Most Participants in a Relay – The most people running 100 meters in a 24 hours relay is 3,807 participants for the Latvian Nation’s 90th Anniversary Celebrations at the Daugava Stadium in Riga, Latvia, on 19 October 2008.
Treadmill Run in 24 Hours – Arulanantham Suresh Joachim (Australia) ran a distance of 257.88 km (160.24 miles) in 24 hours at Square One, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on 28-29 November 2004.
Fastest Half-Marathon in a 2-Person Pantomime Costume – The record for the fastest time to run a half marathon wearing a two-person pantomime costume is held by Paul Donaghy and Steve Langley (both UK)who completed the Great North Run, Newcastle, UK in a time of 2 hr 9 min 13 sec wearing a pantomime camel costume on 6 October 2002.
Fastest 3-Legged Half Marathon – The record for the fastest time to complete a half marathon race three legged is held by Alastair and Nick Benbow (UK) who ran the London Half Marathon in 1 hr 37 min 53 sec on 2 March 2003.
Fastest Backward Marathon – Xu Zhenjun (China) ran the fastest backwards marathon by completing the Beijing International Marathon, China in a time of 3 hr 43 min 39 sec on 17 October 2004.
Tallest Costume in a Marathon – The tallest costume worn in a marathon is 7.04 m (23 ft 1 in) and was achieved by Jean Paul Delacy (UK) dressed as a giraffe at the Virgin London Marathon, London, UK, on 25 April 2010
Fastest Marathon While Skipping Without a Rope – The fastest time to complete a marathon (26.2 miles) while skipping rather than running is 5 hr 55 min 13 sec by Ashrita Furman (USA) at the Comox Valley Roads marathon, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada on 31 August 2003.
Fastest Marathon While Dressed as a Vegetable – The fastest marathon dressed as a vegetable is 3 hr 09 min 21 sec and was achieved by Michael Neville (UK) dressed as a carrot at the Virgin London Marathon, London, UK, on 25 April 2010.
Fastest Marathon While Dressed as a Mascot – The fastest marathon by a mascot (male) was 4 hr 16 min 43 sec by Peter Donato (Canada) running as “Jefferson” the mascot of MyNextRace.com at the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 26 September 2010. Jefferson is a collie mix dog mascot.
Fastest Marathon While Juggling – The record for the fastest marathon while joggling three objects is held by Michael Kapral (Canada), who ran the 42.2 km (26.22 miles) of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2 hr 50 min 12 sec, in Toronto, Canada on September 30, 2007.
Fastest Marathon in Superhero Costume – The fastest marathon in superhero costume was 2 hr 42 min 46 sec by David Stone (UK) dressed as Superman at the 2011 Virgin London Marathon in London, UK, on 17 April 2011.
Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Fruit – 3 hr 45 min 42 sec by Mike Barton (UK) dressed as a banana at the 2011 Virgin London Marathon in London, UK, on 17 April 2011.
Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Fairy – 3 hr 10 min 56 sec by David Hellard (UK) at the 2011 Virgin London Marathon in London, UK, on 17 April 2011.