Believe it or Not: Weird Running Records

     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 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.


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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