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Belgian sets record with 365 marathons in a year

Posted by on February 7, 2011 0 Comment

London, Feb 7 (IANS) A Belgian runner has established a new world record by participating in 365 marathon races within a year.

Stefaan Engels, dubbed “Marathon Man”, began his challenge in Belgium a year ago and has since run a marathon every day across seven countries, a BBC report stated Sunday.

Forty nine-year-old Engels crossed the finish line in Barcelona, the Spanish city, after running 15,000 km (9,569 miles) in a year.

“I don’t regard my marathon year as torture. It is more like a regular job,” Engels said.

Having averaged about four hours to complete a marathon, Engels said that his best time was 2 hours and 56 minutes.

Engels suffered from asthma, as a child, and had been told by doctors to avoid sport!

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