For many people, it would be tough enough to run a mile in 6:32 minutes – so can you imagine being able to complete 100 miles at this pace?
To put this in perspective, a 6:32-minute mile equates to 4:04 minutes per kilometre, which amounts to a a 10k in just over 40 minutes.
Amazingly, earlier this week, Lithuanian runner Aleksandr Sorokin completed a 100-mile challenge in under 11 hours and set a fastest new time for the distance. He ran the 2022 Spartanion race in Tel Aviv, Israel, in an incredible 10 hours, 51 minutes and 39 seconds.
He also set a new 12-hour world record by running 110.24 miles (177.41km) in that time.
The run broke his own previous world records of 11:14:56 for 100 miles and 105.825 miles (170.309 kilometers) for 12 hours.
It's reported that he wore the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next Flyknit running shoe for the record.
Record setting ultra runner
The 2022 Spartanion has a flat and fast course, comprising a 1460m lap route. It includes only three metres of elevation gain per lap around Ganei Yehoshua Park in Tel Aviv. Running pace is obviously important to be able to maintain a run of 100 miles and, also, running stamina is vital.
Aleksandr has a long list of running world records to his name, including the furthest run in 24 hours – 192.2 miles (309.4 kilometers) – as well as the previous fastest time for 100 miles and the previous furthest in 12 hours.
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).
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