New Record Set in Ultramarathon

The Spine is an ultramarathon, a 268-mile footrace up the backbone of England to Scotland. In January. This year, Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the race ever. She ran for three and a half days with only three hours of sleep, and used part of her precious break time to pump breast milk for her 14-month old daughter.

…Paris, a veterinarian and a Ph.D. student in myeloid leukaemia at the University of Edinburgh, became the first woman to win the Spine Race. And she did it in a record-breaking 83 hours and 12 minutes, beating 135 runners — and smashing the old course record by more than 12 hours.

Roselló Solé didn’t finish the race. He’d pushed himself so much in trying to beat Paris that he had to be taken out of the race with just four miles to go. He was clinically exhausted.

In fact, the next finisher was previous course record-holder Eoin Keith, more than 15 hours after Paris.

Paris was already an accomplished marathon runner, but the edge in such a long race comes in the ratio of time spent running vs. time sleeping. Who better to push the envelope than a new mother who is used to powering through with no sleep? Read about Paris’ stunning run at ESPN. -via Metafilter

Source: neatorama

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