Runners Get Creative at Blackmores Sydney Marathon

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    Howard Dawson of Australia now holds the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon dressed as a food supplement (3h03m52s)

    French maids, jesters, monarchs, and condiments. Four runners at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival were perfectly happy to look a bit ridiculous in the name of world records and great causes. This year’s race was the first in which Guinness officially partnered with race organizers, ensuring that official adjudicators were on hand to verify each attempt.

    Dominic Sweeney Nash now owns the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon dressed as a French maid (male), running a 3:37:25 at the Blackmores Sydney Marathon. Image via Guinness World Records.
    Dominic Sweeney-Nash now owns the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon dressed as a French maid (male), running a 3:37:25 at the Blackmores Sydney Marathon. Image via Guinness World Records.

    According to Guinness, the following records were broken at the race:

    • Alexander Scherz – Fastest marathon dressed as a jester (male) – 2:59:52
    • Howard Dawson – Fastest marathon dressed as a food supplement (male) – 3:03:52
    • Dominic Sweeney-Nash – Fastest marathon dressed as a French maid (male) – 3:37:25
    • Joseph Peach – Fastest marathon dressed as a monarch (male) – 3:39:29

    Closer to home, the record attempts at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon look to be a bit more stylish. Check out Amy Friel on two runners who’ll be suiting up in October in hopes of setting new records in the burgeoning discipline of “suit running.”