Shouts to Newark’s Adam Holland who now holds the record for fastest ten marathons in ten days. Holland completed the Saxon Shore Marathon event, which features ten marathons in ten days, in a cumulative time of 28 hours, 38 minutes, and 17 seconds. Yes, that means Adam ran ten consecutive sub-3:00 marathons ten days in a row. He also won all ten races.
It’s not the first time that Adam has set a record that might be considered equally impressive and insane. In 2010, he became the youngest person in Europe to complete 100 marathons, having done so at age 23. According to the Newark Advertiser, Adam was also part of a 12 man team that set the record for greatest distance covered on a treadmill over 48 hours.
He went into his final race, which started at Dymchurch, knowing that a time of less than 4hrs 14mins would confirm the world record time.
Although Holland struggled in the final few days with a troublesome ankle, he completed the final event in 2hrs 56mins 31secs — his tenth win in a row.
“I was confident going into the event because I always believed I was capable of running ten sub-three hours. It was nice to prove to myself I could,” he said.
“This has got to be up there near the top of my best achievements to date because no one else had done this before.
“Before the event I told myself I wouldn’t mind if someone else beat me in one of the race because my one aim was the record.”
If you’d like to be part of a less strenuous world record and will be in Virginia Beach on December 17th, Lee Belotte would like you to help him achieve his dream of being a record breaker at the Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler. Lee is looking to break the record for largest Santa run, which was set at last year’s race when 4,000 runners suited up as St. Nick. Lee is looking to get 4,961 runners together for his attempt. If you’re worried about attire, don’t be. According to Lee’s callout in the Virginian Pilot:
Other than the obvious bragging rights about being a part of a world record, there are many reasons to run this race. Instead of a tech shirt, all race participants receive a 5-piece Santa suit (pants, jacket, belt, beard and hat). You don’t even have to worry about your running outfit because it’s part of the race swag.
During the race, you can nibble on gingerbread men and candy canes that will be handed out at various stops while enjoying the twinkling light show from the “McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach” display. Think of all the joy you’ll bring to children spectators, when they see thousands of Santas jogging on the Boardwalk.
If you’d like to be a part of what will truly be one of the great athletics achievements of all time and one which will be surely discussed with awe and reverence for generations to come, visit surfnsanta5miler.com to register.
– Ravi Singh