Monday, November 10, 2014

Canadian female runners set Guinness record on treadmills

CTV Reports- A Canadian team of female runners will be inducted into the Guinness World Records Thursday night for running the greatest distance on a treadmill in 12 hours.

The team of 12 runners was participating in a 12-hour Megathon to raise money for the YMCA’s charitable fund, “The Strong Kids Campaign.”

Each woman ran either two 30-minute segments or one full hour consecutively between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for a total of 171.7 km.

While the event happened back in March, representatives from the Guinness World Records in London only recently confirmed the record.

“We are so excited,” team organizer Deidre Newman told CTV News Channel on Thursday afternoon.

Previous record set by Australians

The team beat the previous record of 161.3 km set by an Australian team in 2003.
“So the record has been long-standing,” Newman said.

The team also raised more than $4,000 for the YMCA’s kids’ fund.

Newman said she recruited elite runners from across the Greater Toronto Area for the team. Because they all compete in races ranging from 10 km runs to marathons, they didn’t need to train especially for the event.

The team will celebrate at a Toronto YMCA Thursday night with a pizza party

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