Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Marathon a Day for 365 Days

I would not have believed it was possible, but Stefaan Engels, a 49 year old Belgian man has run his 365th marathon in 365 days.  Mr. Engels has set a new record after running 9,569 miles across seven countries.  He finished his final race in Barcelona, Spain. He ran races in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Stefaan Engels also holds the world record for completing the most "Ironman" Triathlons in a year.  He did 20 in 2007/8.

This is his second attempt at the 365 day marathon running challenge.  The first time he injured his leg.  This year he attributes his success to running a slow pace over each 26.2 mile marathon.  He averaged 4 hours per marathon day.  Four hours!!

He stated "I 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."  I would certainly say he succeeded at being inspiring.

I'm going to just stop typing, take a rest and ponder this for awhile.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, truly inspiring! Just wonder if this was a typo, though, a marathon is 26.2 miles.

Kellie said...

Anon: No absolutely no typo I have done 6 full marathons and it is 26.2 miles and at the end you you really feel the last 9-10 .2.
I have also done 4 Half Marathon's that are 13.1 miles.

Amazing, endurance that he can do theses back to back with no recovery time. Recovery rest and relaxation time is usually suggested for your body's health. I will send this to a couple of my Marathon friends. One has done the NYC Marathon 33 years in a row.

Thanks for posting love this post!!

Jonathan said...

And the Toronto Sun reports that Engels is an "asthmatic runner who was once told by doctors to avoid exercise completely". Ain't life grand!

Pet Medication said...

I will send this to a couple of my Marathon friends. One has done the NYC Marathon 33 years in a row.

Toni Brayer, MD said...

Anon: thanks, it was a typo and now corrected.
Kellie: Congrats on your amazing marathon fetes too. The thought of it makes me want to rest yet again!

Dr. Carrie said...

I'm really interested in the physiology of this "exercise". Was anyone studying his body's reaction during all this?

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