Marathon Man runs 365 marathons in 365 days for new world record
Posted Feb 07 2011 4:54pm
Running one marathon is a huge accomplishment for many people, but image running 365 marathons in 365 days.
That's what Belgium runner Stefaan Engels (dubbed the "Marathon Man") set out do accomplish a year ago in Barcelona Spain and actually finished this Saturday to make it into the Guinness World Book of Records.
In 2008 Engels had previously been listed in the Guinness World Book of records for completing 20 Ironman triathlons in one year.
To make his quest even more challenging Engels completed a marathon per day in several countries including Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, Mexico, the UK and the US.
"After running 20 triathlons in one year, I was not ready to go back to normal life," he said. "I also wanted to inspire people by showing that if I could run a marathon a day for an entire year, that anyone could run or bike a little each day or do something about their weight problem."
"The 49-year-old Engels ran a total of 15,401 kilometres. He said the key was a slow pace over the 42-kilometre marathon distance. "I recover quickly. I don't run fast and my heartbeat is slow, below 100 if I run 10 kilometres, but it is more a mental story," he said.
Engels averaged around four hours to complete a marathon. His best time was 2 hours and 56 minutes."
"He ran every race, he never walked. He ran at a rate of 10km/h," said Angels Garriga, from Engels' sponsor, the diet-control company Pronokal.