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The fourth annual Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon is Sunday, July 14, starting at 9:00 AM, at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA.
In 2010, Arlington's Michael Wardian set the world record for the fastest marathon ever run on an indoor track, 2:27:12. In 2012, Barry Goldmeier set a world record for the fastest marathon ever indoors run juggling three balls, and Chris Campbell set a world record for the fastest marathon ever run indoors wearing a kilt. (Believe it or not, Guinness actually tracks these records.)
Only five places in the USA currently host indoor marathons:
Other indoor marathons wordwide since 2010:
All finishers earn the coveted Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon belt buckle
For full information and registration, please see www.racepacket.com/tidalbasin/marathon.html
We look forward to welcoming you as a participant or a spectator!
I "tracked" down the details on the track and it turns out to be a 545m "track" circuit inside Bislett Stadium ... The maximum allowable size for indoor tracks to be considered for records is 220 yd (slightly more than 200 meters). This "track" (at Bislett) is larger than the standard outdoor track and as such, I classify it with road races rather than track races. Hence, no records at the Bislett indoor 50K. It doesn't even qualify for indoor rankings.
-- Ken Young, Association of Road Racing Statisticians
-- July 7, 2013
• Igor Tyazhkorob 3:14:49 01 Feb 2002 Moscow
• Marina Bychova 3:54:53 01 Feb 2002 Moscow
Both (are) known quality performers. Tyazhkorob went on to cover 90.020km in 6 hours. I am not certain if the marks are of record quality. However, both runners were capable of running such times. I am checking with Dan Brannen on his time in the Deerfield race - which might be a US male record.
On 03 April 1931, Mike McNamara AUS ran 3:13:29 for 30 miles in a square 135.25 yard track indoors at Hamilton ON CAN. He slowed to 4:31:31 at 40 miles before eventually running 100 miles in well under 15 hours. McNamara's mark might be STILL the world best for 30 miles indoors. Igor Tyazhkorob would, of course, have run faster, but is unlikely to have been timed at 30 miles. Tougher targets at the world level. Still checking - but the Moscow race is the fastest shorter ultra indoors held in recent years.
Initial research. In 1999 as IAU Statistician, I was beginning to develop world indoor records. However the major problem was the variability of "courses". For example the IAU now list marks made at Milton Keynes as indoor records. These marks were set in a shopping mall on a 890.25 metre loop - effectively an indoor ROAD circuit. Later, I moved all the Milton Keynes marks to the road list when, due to changes in the law, such an event no longer could be held, and the Milton Keynes marks were in a group on their own!
Currently the best mark I have is by Yiannis Kouros GRE set in Deerfield, Illinois, 14/15 February 1986 with 3:39:50.8, his 30 mile split was 3:32:15. Raymond Hubbard of Scotland ran 3:30:46 for 30 miles in Glasgow 19/20 November 1988, Hubbard's 50km time was slower than Kouros' mark..
Subsequently Dick Tout NZL ran 3:34:47 50km and 3:27:29 30 miles at Milton Keynes - 18 February 1989 - but these marks were indoor ROAD.
Marcy Schwam ran 4:27:54 for 30 miles and 4:45:53 for 50km at Deerfield in 1986. Eleanor Adams ran 3:46:54 for 30 miles and 3:55:34 for 50km 03/04 Feb 1990 Milton Keynes but this was indoor ROAD.
A Moscow indoor 100km race was held for a number of years. Details of splits were hard to discover. It is possible that faster 50km times were set in these races. I will attempt to investigate further. I will also search for my preliminary indoor listings from 1999.
Dan Brannen was the first US runner in the Deerfield race, but don't know if he was leading at the 50km point. The problem is that there were several indoor 48 hour races at Haverford College in PA earlier and little notice was taken of intermediate marks. I told Nick Marshall years later that he had actually set a US indoor 100 mile record of which he was unaware!
-- Andy Milroy, International Association of Ultrarunners statistician
-- July 12, 2013
Q. How many aid stations?
A. Just one, but you pass it 210 times. You're never more than 200 meters from water and Gatorade.
Q. What's the temperature, Kevin?
A. TJ's constant indoor temperature is 70 F.
Q. Does utilization of the timing system mean that runners do not have to stay in lane 1? Will accurate distance be measured regardless of lane?
A. You must run 211 laps, but you may use any of the four lanes.
Q. Are pacers/spectators allowed to run with racers?
A. Yes, but only for brief periods. The track is open only to entrants during the race.
Q. May I place my own bottles on the aid station table?
A. Yes, we will have several tables on the outside of the track, one just for personal provisions. Please mark your personal bottles with your name. No food please. Please take care not to spil on the floor of the gym. Refreshment tables will be on the outside of the track at the south end of the gym.
Q. Can I bring my own jelly beans and chocolate?
A. Yes, place them on the table for personal provisions. Since TJ does not allow food in the gym, please count your jelly beans. You wouldn't want to lose one.
Q. The chip will tick off our laps if we stay to the left...so are the volunteer lap counters there just for backup if the timing system isn't counting laps right?
A. YES. The timing system and the volunteer lap counters will be under the clock at the EAST side of the track.
Q. lf so, if I can't bring a volunteer, will there be anyone there that can count my laps?
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