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
Astronaut Just Ran London Marathon —From Space
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 being run in London, Peake ran 26.2 miles on a treadmill in three hours 35 minutes 21 seconds, while...   (esa)

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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