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Check out these 7 bizarre running World Records!

1. Fastest Marathon Running Backwards

At the 2004 Beijing Marathon, Xu Zhenjun of China ran the course backwards—not from the finish line to the start line, but rather backwards running—and finished in 3:43:39

2. Fastest Half Marathon Hula Hooping

Betty Shurin, known as Betty Hoops, ran the Hollywood Half Marathon in 2012 in a time of 3:03:48, hula hooping the entire course. She never touched the hoop and it never dropped—she even stopped often to dazzle the crowd with her tricks. Betty also has the 10K record, 1:14, set at BolderBoulder in 2008.

3. Most Distance Covered in 12 Hours on a Treadmill

A hedge fund analyst by day, 35-year-old Chris Solarz went to the Fitness Factory Health Club in Edgewater, N.J. on Jan. 18, 2014 trying for his sixth Guinness World Record. He stepped on the treadmill at 7 a.m., and at 7 p.m. he stepped off having completed 77.07 miles. That’s a 9:20-per-mile pace for 12 hours. On a treadmill.

As for Solarz’s other records? He visited all 468 of New York City’s subway stops in less than 23 hours.

4. Fastest Marathon While Dribbling a Soccer Ball

At the Sydkyst Marathon in Denmark, Jan La Caille dribbled a soccer ball 26.2 miles and finished the race in 3:29:55. The marathon had varied terrain, taking him on streets, off-road and even on paths covered in snow.

5. Fastest Marathon Carrying a 60-Pound Pack

At the 2013 Tokyo Marathon, Japanese army instructor Toru Sakurai carried a 60-pound backpack the entire course, finishing the race in 4:39:09.

6. Fastest Barefoot Marathon

At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia ran a 2:15:16 to win the gold medal. He ran that marathon barefooted, nabbing him a Guinness World Record to go with his gold. Bikila found his available shoes uncomfortable and often trained barefooted in Ethiopia anyway.

7. Tallest Costume Worn While Running a Marathon

21-year-old John-Paul De Lacy, who’s own legs represented the two front legs of his giraffe costume and a 23-foot pole that acted as the neck of the giraffe made out of plastic tubing, with a little paper mache giraffe head at the top, won the Tallest Costume Worn While Running a Marathon World Record. Raising money for The Meningitis Trust, De Lacy finished the marathon, ridiculous costume and all, in 5:55—no easy task considering the course has a couple of tunnels that were logistical nightmares (the finish chute alone added minutes to his time.)


What is the craziest thing you have done for or during a race?

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