Treadmill Marathon World Record Attempts Set For Boston

Wardian, Duclos will make use of video technology and a Garmin Footpod.

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Wardian, Duclos will make use of video technology and a Garmin Footpod.

Because of its point-to-point net downhill layout, the fabled 26.2-mile course that runs from Hopkinton to Boston will never be home to the marathon world record, but that doesn’t mean Boston will forever be excluded from the running record books.

Using Virtual Runner Software technology from Outside Interactive, marathoners Michael Wardian and Kim Duclos will attempt to set new world records for the fastest treadmill marathon at the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo on Boston Marathon weekend, April 14 and 15.

Wardian, a world-class ultra-marathoner, will try to reclaim his world record on Saturday, April 14 at noon. The current world record of 2:21:40 is held by Eric Blake. Duclos, an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier with a 2:38 personal best, will attempt to set the first world record for women on Sunday, April 15, also at noon. Currently, there is no official women’s world record for the treadmill marathon.

Each runner will attempt the records while viewing Outside Interactive’s “Hopkinton to Boston 26.2 Mile” HD point-of-view video, controlled by the Virtual Runner Software which matches the athlete’s pace based on a Garmin Footpod each runner will wear on their shoelace.

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