Since Nicholas Mizera broke the Guinness world record for running a half-marathon in a suit at October’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, suit running has become increasingly popular.
And while most people may think that a suited runner in a race is late for work or late for a meeting rather than being in the midst of a record attempt, the record has officially been improved by more than 10 minutes in a five-month span.
As of April 29, the world record is held by Gihan Amarasiriwardena, the co-founder of the menswear company, Ministry of Supply. Two men have run faster in a suit, however, including Rex Woodbury, a Wall Street analyst, and Yuki Kawauchi, an elite-level marathon runner from Japan. Those times have yet to be ratified by Guinness, according to the official records page.
Ministry of Supply is a high-performance menswear brand based in Boston and was founded in 2012 by former Massachusetts Institute of Technology students. Amarasiriwardena ran 1:24 for the half-marathon in a suit in December, which begged the question, “How does it feel to run in a suit?” and “How fast is a Ministry of Supply suit?”
Amarasiriwardena said after the race that the goal of the record was to raise brand awareness and noted that “if our suit can break a Guinness world record, it can handle anything our customer goes through on a normal day.” Not only did Amarasiriwardena run fast, he looked pretty darn good in the process. See a race photo below:
Canadian Running put a Ministry of Supply suit to the test by taking it for a run around Toronto. In a traffic-abundant city like Toronto, the largest city in Canada, run commuting can often be faster than driving or taking public transit.
Right out of the box, it’s apparent that the suit is performance-based as the Apollo shirt and Atlas dress socks appear to be the type of material that you would find at a running store. Breathable, stretchy, and soft, ideal for running.
The Apollo 2 jacket and pants are of similar design and build. The Aviator 2 features four-way stretch material, which means that it’s appropriate for conditions as tough as running, and lighter use including office wear. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the Apollo 2 jacket had a non-traditional, snap-and-slide button system.
As can be seen in the video, Canadian Running took the suit for a run in negative temperatures and the suit regulated body temperature very well. Specifically, the Apollo dress shirt felt like a dri-fit shirt that runners would regularly wear, with moisture-wicking and breathable attributes. The shirt Canadian Running tested was blue but Ministry of Supply also offers the shirt in six additional colourways.
Though the company has a brick-and-mortar on Newbury Street in Boston, the company sells much of its product online. One tip would be to size down as the material is slim-fitted compared to more traditional menswear clothing lines.
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