In 2015, Kiran Gandhi ran the London Marathon during her period, without a tampon or a pad and she crossed the finish line with bloody tights. She did so to raise awareness for women, who lack access to feminine hygiene products.
Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is the world’s longest certified footrace. Runners have 52 days to complete 5649 laps around a .55mi block in Queens, NY.
The marathon of the 1904 Olympics had many bizarre events including someone driving to the finish line and pretending to win, someone winning by using rat poison as a stimulant, someone taking a nap and still finishing 4th, and someone being chased a mile off course by aggressive dogs.
The original female winner of the 1980 Boston Marathon had her title stripped away when it was discovered that she didn’t complete the entire race. She had earlier competed in the New York marathon, and an investigation revealed that she took the subway for part of the course.
Félix Carbajal, a Cuban Olympic marathon runner in 1904, ran in cut-off trousers, a long-sleeve shirt and a beret. He stopped to eat some apples, got stomach cramps, had a nap, then kept running, to place fourth. The winner, Thomas Hicks, used brandy and rat poison to assist his victory.
Twin brothers ran a marathon. Halfway through the race they switched places in a toilet. The 1st brother drove ahead while his twin ran, rejoining the race ahead finishing 9th winning R6000. A keen eyed journalist noticed the two wore their watches on opposite hands in different pics.
There are 17 American men in history who have run under 2:10 in the marathon. In contrast, there were 32 Kenyans who did it just in October of 2011.
A 61-Year old potato farmer won a 544 Ultramarathon because he continued to run whilst the other competitors slept.
At the 1912 Olympics, a marathon runner quit and went home to Japan without telling officials and was considered a missing person in Sweden for 50 years. In 1966, he was invited to complete the marathon. His time: 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds.
A man ran 350 miles in 80 hours with no sleep, ran a marathon in the South Pole in -13 degree weather and ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days.