A Vermont runner set out to smash a world record before the birth of his first child—and he did so with flying colors. According to NBC 5, Teage O'Connor took the title of fastest runner sans footwear in the 100K category by completing the 62 miles on a University of Vermont track, barefoot, in seven hours and 13 minutes. Prior to the race, he invited fellow runners to join him on a barefoot running forum, writing: “If anyone is around and wants to join me for any of it, I'd love the company.” He was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.
"I wanted to break the world record for barefoot running 100K and I was looking at races and couldn't find anything. And then figured it would be awesome to run in my hometown and I was not expecting this many people to come out," O'Connor told NBC 5 in Burlington. Per the Guinness World Records, the current record holder ran O’Connor’s distance in eight hours, 42 minutes; the record keeper does not appear to have confirmed O'Connor's record yet. (A marathon runner in Maine escaped two black bears this summer.)