Astronaut Just Ran London Marathon —From Space

Tim Peake was strapped to a treadmill aboard the ISS
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 24, 2016 10:47 AM CDT
British astronaut Tim Peake in action running the London marathon while strapped to a treadmill at the International Space Station on Sunday April 24, 2016. While the official 2016 London Marathon was...   (esa)
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(Newser) – British astronaut Tim Peake has completed the London Marathon—from 250 miles above the Earth, reports the AP. Peake ran the 26.2-mile race harnessed to a treadmill aboard the International Space Station, with a simulation of the route through London's streets playing on an iPad. He finished in 3 hours and 35 minutes. Guinness World Records says that's a record for the fastest marathon in orbit. American astronaut Sunita Williams ran the Boston Marathon from space in 2007 in 4 hours and 24 minutes.

Peake, who is four months into a six-month stay aboard the space station, also sent competitors a good luck video message, and a gave a 10-second countdown to launch Sunday's race, reports the BBC. The 44-year-old astronaut was one of more than 39,000 people running the marathon—the rest at ground level. (American astronaut Scott Kelly, meanwhile, grew about 2 inches in space.)

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