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L.A. Marathon: 400-pound marathoner celebrates nine hours, 48 minutes and 42 seconds of ‘pure hell’

After slowly but steadily working his way through a 26.2-mile course drenched by driving rain, mammoth distance runner Kelly Gneiting finished Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon in nine hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds, probably establishing a Guinness world record for someone his size.

“I did it, but it was hell,” Gneiting, 40, said, shortly after crossing the finish line in Santa Monica. “Pure hell.” Featured in a Times profile last week, Gneiting is a former national champion sumo wrestler with a 60-inch waist who weighed in just before the race at 400 pounds.

Full Story: L.A. Marathon: 400-pound marathoner celebrates nine hours, 48 minutes and 42 seconds of ‘pure hell’ – latimes.com

  • BMF

    Just to put this into perspective, he completed the marathon in approximately 9.75 hours. That’s about 2.6 miles per hour. The average walking speed is 3.1 miles per hour.

    If he simply walked a normal pace, he would have finished in approximately 8.5 hours.

    Still, carrying around 400 pounds for 26 miles and 385 yards would tend to slow one down.