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Astronaut Sets New Record In Space Marathon

Posted 4/25/2016 6:09 pm by

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Every year, there’s at least one marathon that passes in front of my house.  It’s always kind of fun to roll out of bed, go out onto my front lawn, and just watch all the runners go by.  I cheer and I clap and I talk to the runners, and they talk back, and everyone seems to be having a lot of fun.  However, it’s also a lot of hard work, and when you’re running in a marathon as prestigious as the London Marathon, you need to be prepared.  One Brit refused to let the fact that he was in space stop him from competing.  Astronaut Tim Peake ran the London Marathon from 250 miles above Earth.

“I’m quite glad that this is happening later on in the mission so I’ve had plenty of time to get used to the T2 treadmill,” Peake said in a pre-race interview with BBC News.  “One of the biggest challenges is the harness system. Obviously, my bodyweight has to be firmly attached to the treadmill by this harness, and that can rub on the shoulders and around the waist.”

Peake also set a record.  Not only is he the first ESA astronaut from Britain to go into space, he also found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.  He ran the 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 35 minutes, breaking the record set by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams when she ran the a space marathon in 2007 on board the International Space Station.  She ran the Boston Marathon in 4 hours and 24 minutes.

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