Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 127, February 2020 - Page 21

Other successful record attempts in the half marathon included Canadian Melissa Chen dressing as a carrot to run the fastest half-marathon dressed as a vegetable (female). She crossed the line in 1:53:09, beating the previous record of 2:00:00. Meanwhile, fellow Canadian Calum Knott ran the fastest half marathon dressed as a cowboy (male) in 1:51:29 to break the previous record of 1:51:56. Another Canadian, Charlie Molina, ran the fastest half marathon in a martial arts suit (male) in 1:27:03, beating the previous record of 1:28:22. And donning the costume of the Jasmine character from Aladdin, American model and blogger Aysha Mirza ran the fastest half marathon dressed as a cartoon character (female) in 1:53:26, to break the previous record of 2:00:00. fastest marathon dressed as a tennis player (male) in 3:05:30, to break the previous record of 3:28:48, and American runner Jeff Mescal ran 2:56:46 for the fastest marathon dressed in a baseball uniform (male), bettering the previous record of 3:47:35. Omar Trujillo of Mexico ran the fastest marathon dressed as an Aztec (male) in 3:40:18. The previous record was 4:15:00. Canadian Jared Levine ran the fastest marathon dressed as a super-villain (male) in 03:02:02, substantially bettering the previous record of 4:00:00. However, one of the stranger records fell to another Canadian, Joe Ajoy, who broke the record for the fastest marathon dressed in full Quidditch kit (male) in 4:02:31. The previous record was 4:15:00. However, two new records that don’t sound all that impressive were set, and these records sound well within the reach of several South African pairs. Canadian couple Julia Heos and Jake Carter ran the fastest aggregate half marathon by a married couple (by adding their finishing times together) in 3:12:23, to break the previous record of 3:13:27. That’s an average of 1:36:11 each, which sounds well within the reach of a number of South African couples. Meanwhile Canadian sisters Valentina and Andrea Caballero apparently ran the fastest half marathon by a pair of siblings crossing the finish line together, coming home in 2:15:49 to break the previous record of 2:30:00. Just for starters, pretty sure the Kalmer sisters or the Phelula twins could shatter that one! “Many spectators laughed uproariously as they saw me skipping past, which in turn made me laugh through the pain. It was so much fun, but I was a wreck by the end, and I finished less than a minute under David Rush’s recent record. I didn’t train for this record, and I don’t plan to do it again, because it’s just too painful! Ready to Claim Your Own Record? No Skipping This Record Still stranger was the record set by Canada’s Michal Kapral in the half marathon. He crossed the line in 2:12:46, having skipped the entire 21.1km distance – without a rope, that is – to beat the previous best of 2:13:41 for the fastest half marathon skipping without a rope (male). He had actually initially believed he needed to beat the time of 2:27:01, but shortly before the Toronto race he found out that a fellow juggler and GWR-holder, David Rush, had recently lowered the record to 2:13:41. “My plan was to go sub-2, but after a tough opening kilometre in about 5 minutes 50 seconds, I knew it was going to be tight to crack 2:13,” says Michal. “Runners were passing me pretty much the entire race. Since I had a Guinness World Record Official Attempt sign on my back, I got lots of encouragement from them as they sped by.” Sporting Marathon Records While most runners consider running a marathon a significant challenge, a number of the Toronto entrants opted to run the full 42.2km distance in costume to secure Guinness World Records. This included Dutchman Bruno Gustavo Macaneiro running 3:28:34 to take the fastest marathon dressed in a football/ soccer kit (male), bettering the previous record of 3:42:32. Similarly, Diego Alcubierre of Mexico ran the mark I had I developed major blisters on the balls of my feet, which made every step of the second half painful, and the muscle pain shifted around throughout the race. My calves hurt at the beginning, then my hip flexors, then shins, then quads, and even my arms started to hurt from the weird arm swing of the skipping technique.” The GWR requires the skipper to maintain a proper skipping technique every step of the distance, taking off and landing on the same foot with the other foot off the ground. This brought a number of challenges for Michal. “A few times I messed up the skipping pattern, and had to go back and redo it. By the 10km If you’re a runner with a sense of adventure, listen up! Besides the records listed above that were successfully beaten in Toronto – which could be beaten again, hint, hint – there were several others that remained unbeaten: • Fastest marathon in a fireman’s uniform (male): 3:41:10 • Fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut (female): 4:00:00 • Fastest marathon dressed as a professional wrestler (male): 3:15:00 • Fastest half marathon dressed as a ballet dancer (female): 2:15:00 • Fastest half marathon dressed as an elf (female): 2:00:00 • Fastest half marathon dressed as a fisherman (male): 2:25:00 So, if you have Guinness World Record aspirations of your own, perhaps you’d like to give one of these a try in an upcoming race – and if those don’t grab your fancy, go take a look through the full list of GWR records to pick one, because there are many, many more. There are more conventional ones like fastest half marathon pushing a baby jogger, or you could even come up with your own. Not sure if anybody has tried setting an official record yet for the fastest half marathon dressed as a rugby player, or fastest marathon dressed as a miner! This article is based on information and quotes supplied by international banana exporting company Chiquita, as well as material originally published by Guinness World Records and Canadian Running magazine. To find out more about GWR running records, go to www.guinnessworldrecords.com. 21