Man Runs 365 Marathons in One Year
Onetime asthma sufferer Stefaan Engels aimed to inspire
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 7, 2011 6:37 AM CST
Belgian athlete Stefaan Engels, right, known as 'marathonman', runs his last marathon in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

(Newser) – A Belgian runner has plowed through 365 marathons in the past year, shattering the former record of 52, the Daily Mail reports. Stefaan Engels, 49, completed his goal in Barcelona. "I wanted to inspire people by showing that if I could run a marathon a day for an entire year, that anyone could run or bike a little each day or do something about their weight problem," he explain. Engels says the key to his 9,569-mile feat was keeping a slow pace. "I recover quickly. I don't run fast and my heartbeat is slow."

His average marathon time was 4 hours, with his quickest being two hours and 56 minutes. Asthmatic as a kid, "Marathon Man" Engels was advised to avoid sports. But this isn't his first world record: Between 2007 and 2008, he ran 20 triathlons. After that, “I was not ready to go back to normal life,” he notes. “The problem was thinking about running a marathon every day. I just told myself to run that day and did not think about the next day or next week.” Now, he says, it’s “time to give my body a rest.”

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Ultraworld
Sep 1, 2012 2:30 PM CDT
My Doctor told me one of the reason Humans did so well was their ability to run faster & further than any other species. People get up & run for fun now, imagine 50k yrs ago when they where hungry.
Phillyfreeze69
Jan 5, 2012 3:14 AM CST
Stefaan Engels athletic feat is truly inspirational and has made reconsider my own limitations when it come to running in this years Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon. After reading this article there can be no excuses for me not completing the "grueling" 13.2 mile course:)!
MisterPlinkett
Feb 7, 2011 7:18 AM CST
I know of several people that were asthmatic before they started running... western medicine (while essential) hardly has all the answers...and is often just plain wrong.