14 Guinness World Records broken at STWM 2019

Banana-Man wasn't the only successful record-breaker yesterday

October 21st, 2019 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , ,

Fourteen out of 22 Guinness World Record attempts were successfully completed at yesterday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, six in the full marathon and eight in the half-marathon.

An official GWR adjudicator was on-site to verify the records yesterday, making things a little less complicated for the attempters, who would otherwise have to document their entire race and send the documentation off to the Guinness organization for ratification, which takes several weeks.

Photo: Canada Running Series

Fastest half-marathon (male) dressed as a fruit

You may already know about the half-marathon runner in the Chiquita Banana costume, since he was fast enough to keep up with the elite women, and therefore showed up repeatedly on the broadcast. Melvin Nyairo of Yuba, California did successfully break the record for fastest half-marathon (male) dressed as a fruit, running 1:15:35 to break the previous record of 1:19:13.

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Here are yesterday’s other successful record-breakers:

Marathon records

Most folks consider running a marathon a significant challenge. These folks opted to run in costume to score Guinness World Records, which usually increases the discomfort factor, sometimes by a lot. Here are the successful new marathon world records achieved yesterday.

Bruno Gustavo Macaneiro of the Netherlands ran 3:28:34, the fastest marathon dressed in a football/soccer kit (male), bettering the previous record of 3:42:32.

Photo: Canada Running Series

Jared Levine ran the fastest marathon dressed as a supervillain (male) in 03:02:02, bettering the previous record of 4:00:00.

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Diego Alcubierre of Mexico ran the fastest marathon dressed as a tennis player (male) in 3:05:30, to break the previous record of 3:28:48.

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Joe Ajoy of Oakville, Ont. broke the record for the fastest marathon dressed in full Quidditch kit (male) in 4:02:31. The previous record was 4:15:00. (Ajoy broke the same record in the half-marathon at the Oakville Half-Marathon on October 6, unofficially. We’re not sure whether he had to run the full distance with a broom between his legs.)

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Omar Trujillo of Mexico ran the fastest marathon dressed as an Aztec (male) in 3:40:18. The previous record was 4:15:00.

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Jeff Mescal of Lowell, Indiana ran 2:56:46 for fastest marathon dressed in a baseball uniform (male) in 2:56:46, bettering the previous record of 3:47:35.

Photo: Canada Running Series

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Half-marathon records

Aysha Mirza, a model, runner and blogger from New York City, ran the fastest half-marathon dressed as a cartoon character (female) in 1:53:26 to break the previous record of 2:00:00. She was dressed as the Jasmine character from Aladdin.

Photo: Canada Running Series

Calum Knott of Mississauga ran the fastest half-marathon dressed as a cowboy (male) in 1:51:29 to break the previous record of 1:51:56, which was set by Robert Winckler at STWM in 2017. (Winckler was planning to attempt a new half-marathon record dressed as a swimmer, but personal circumstances prevented him from making the attempt yesterday. However, he did complete the half-marathon in his regular running clothes.)

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2019 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Julia Heos and Jake Carter of Bradford, Ont. ran the fastest half-marathon by a married couple (by adding their finishing times together) in 3:12:23, to break the previous record of 3:13:27.

Photo: Canada Running Series

Valentina and Andrea Caballero of Mississauga, Ont. ran the fastest half-marathon by a pair of siblings (crossing the finish line together) in 2:15:49, to break the previous record of 2:30:00.

Photo: Canada Running Series

Michal Kapral of Toronto ran the fastest half-marathon skipping without a rope (male) in 2:12:46, to break the previous record of 2:27:01. Kapral also set yet another new joggling record recently (unofficially) in the Maldives.

Yes, that means skipping as in “hippety hop to the barbershop”-style. Shortly before his attempt, Kapral found out that David Rush (a fellow juggler and GWR-holder) had set a new record for skipping a half-marathon, in 2:13:41. So he knew he had to beat that time yesterday, and he did–barely. “My plan was to go sub-2,” says Kapral, “but after a very tough opening kilometre in about 5:50, I knew it was going to be tight to crack 2:13.

“Runners were passing me pretty much the entire race. Since I had a Guinness World Record “Official Attempt” sign on my back, I got lots of encouragement from them as they sped by.”
Here’s a short video of Kapral approaching the finish line.

“Major blisters formed on the balls of my feet by around 10K, which made every step of the second half painful,” says Kapral. “The muscle pain shifted around throughout the race. My calves hurt at the beginning, then my hip flexors, then shins, then quads, and even my arms started to hurt from the weird arm swing of the skipping technique. A few times I messed up the skipping pattern, which Guinness World Records requires every step of the distance forward to be taking off and landing on the same foot with the other foot off the ground, and had to go back and redo it. I finished in 2:12:48. less than a minute under David Rush’s recent record. I didn’t train for this record and don’t plan to do it again. Too painful!
“Many spectators laughed uproariously as they saw me skipping past, which in turn made me laugh through the pain. It was so much fun, but I’m a wreck today.”

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Charlie Molina of Brampton, Ont. ran the fastest half-marathon in a martial arts suit (male) in 1:27:03 to beat the previous record of 1:28:22.

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Melissa Chen of Toronto ran the fastest half-marathon dressed as a vegetable (female) in 1:53:09. The previous record was 2:00:00. (Chen ran dressed as a carrot.)

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The successful records at a glance

Runner Name

Record-Title

Finish Time

Melvin Nyairo

Fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit

01:15:35

Aysha Mirza

Fastest half marathon dressed as a cartoon character (female)

01:53:26

Calum Knott

Fastest half marathon dressed as a cowboy

01:51:29

Melissa Chen

Fastest half marathon dressed as a vegetable (female)

01:53:09

Charlie Molina

Fastest half marathon in a martial arts suit (male)

01:27:03

Jake Carter & Julia Heos

Fastest half marathon run by a married couple – aggregate time

03:12:23

Andrea & Valentina Caballero

Fastest half marathon run by a pair of siblings

02:15:49

Michal Kapral

Fastest half marathon skipping without a rope (male)

02:12:46

Jared Levine

Fastest marathon dressed as a supervillain (male)

03:02:02

Diego Alcubierre

Fastest marathon dressed as a tennis player (male)

03:05:30

Omar Rosas Trujillo

Fastest marathon dressed as an Aztec (male)

03:40:18

Jeff Mescal

Fastest marathon dressed in a baseball uniform (male)

02:56:46

Bruno Gustavo Macaneiro

Fastest marathon dressed in a football/soccer kit (male)

03:28:34

Joe Ajoy

Fastest marathon dressed in full Quidditch kit (male)

04:02:31

STWM start 2019. Photo: Canadian Running

And in case you have Guinness World Record aspirations of your own, here’s the list of records that were attempted but not successfully contested yesterday, and the time to beat:

Fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut (female): 4:00:00
Fastest marathon in a fireman’s uniform (male): 3:41:10
Fastest half-marathon dressed as a ballet dancer (female): 2:15:00
Fastest half-marathon dressed as an elf (female): 2:00:00
Fastest half-marathon dressed as a fisherman (male): 2:25:00
Fastest marathon dressed as a professional wrestler (male): 3:15:00