SALT LAKE CITY — There’s racing against the clock, and then there’s racing while dressed as one.
Last weekend, London Marathon runner Lukas Bates attempted to break the Guinness World Record for running a marathon dressed as a landmark, according to the BBC. Bates also chose to run the race for Alzheimer’s research.
"Having run the London Marathon four times previously, this year I decided I wanted to do something different, have a bit of fun and wear a crazy costume,” Bates said before the race.
Bates dressed as the Big Ben clock tower in an attempt to beat the record set by Richard Mietz in September 2018.1 comment on this story
Mietz ran the Berlin Marathon in three hours, 34 minutes and 34 seconds while dressed as the Holstentor city gate in Lubek.
Bates didn’t beat the record — he clocked in (pardon the pun) at three hours and 54 minutes, and not without a little bit of trouble getting his costume under the finish line. However, he ended up running what averages out to be faster than a nine-minute mile for each stage of the race, according to BBC Sport.
The costumed runner has won the hearts of the web this week after his attempt.