29 Jul '15, 3pm

Finn Shatters Record in World's Longest Certified Footrace

The event’s competitors have 52 days, until August 4, to complete 3100.17 miles, an average of 59.6 miles per day. In the previous 18 years of the event, 37 different people have finished the race a total of 133 times. This year, that total could rise to 39 unique finishers recording 140 finishes. (Read more about the event's history here .) The race begins promptly at 6:00 each morning, and competitors cover as many laps, just more than half a mile each, as they can before the race ends for the day at midnight. Anyone who doesn’t have a place to stay in the area is driven to nearby apartments, rented specifically for the race, where they get as much sleep as one can get in less than six hours. Aalto says that in this year’s winning effort, four hours, 45 minutes of sleep was the most he ever got, and sometimes he got less, especially in the beginning when “[my] mind was n...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/races/finn-shatters-record-in...

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