We Ran on a Treadmill for 36 Hours Straight
In celebration of Global Running Day, the world’s greatest running community came together on Wednesday, June 7, for the NYRR Global Running Day Treadmill Challenge. The relay continued for more than 36 hours (36:13:37 to be exact) at the NYRR RUNCENTER, with 250 runners each completing one mile at 9:41 pace or faster.
Among these 250 runners were New York Road Runners members, NYRR staff and board members, club runners, professional athletes, local celebrities, city officials, and participants in NYRR Striders, NYRR Open Run, NYRR Team for Kids, and NYRR Run for the Future.
We took a shot at a world record as a way to draw attention to the transformative power of running. But by their very nature, world records—especially those that involve a group of people working together—are difficult to achieve. We followed some strict guidelines, like maintaining a 10-second transfer between runners. This was what ultimately led Guinness World Records officials to not ratify our world record attempt.
But we’re not letting that get us down! We hope to try it again in the future, and the memories of how we all came together on this first attempt will stay with us all forever.
Congratulations to each participant who was part of this amazing accomplishment!