Treadmill World Record Broken

35-year-old runs 77.07 miles in 12 Hours

Jan 23, 2014
Outside Magazine
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Several people running on treadmill for unfathomable reasons.    Brandon Wiggins/Wikimedia

Most of us leave the gym with just a sweaty towel, but a 35-year-old hedge fund analyst left a gym in Edgewater, New Jersey, this month with a world record.

Guinness World Records recently verified that Chris Solarz set a new world record for the farthest distance run on a treadmill in 12 hours. Solarz started at 7 a.m. on January 18, and at 7 p.m., he was exactly where he started—but had run 77.07 miles. By averaging nine minutes and 20 seconds per mile, Solarz eclipsed the previous record, 76.68 miles, with seven minutes to spare.

To prepare for this feat, Solarz logged 150-mile weeks for two months. During the race, he ingested bananas, hummus wraps, granola bars, and sports drinks—more than 5,000 calories total.

"This was the most physically demanding of all my six Guinness records," Solarz told CNBC. "I knew that the record was just within my reach, but I would need to get in the best shape of my life."

In addition to the treadmill record, Solarz holds two records for marathon running, one for climbing 33,000 feet in fewer than 12 hours, one for hitting all 468 stops on the New York City subway in less than 23 hours, and another for drinking at 250 bars in in day.

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