Of the 25,000 participants at this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, some will be easier to spot than others.
Jade O’Sullivan and Suzy Prosser will be among them.
O’Sullivan, 35, originally from Australia and now living in Toronto is one of eleven individuals aiming to set a Guinness World Record. She will try to set the female record for the ‘fastest marathon dressed in a suit.’ To do so, she must run faster than four hours which is a pace of 5:41 per kilometre.
Her decision to go for the record was made while she was at a pub with friends. She was ‘nominated’ to go for a record and says she is excited to earn bragging rights for being the best (recorded) at something, if only for a day.
A friend of O’Sullivan, Suzy Prosser, 34, originally from the U.K. will also be looking to set a new record. Just on time for Halloween, Prosser will be aiming to run the ‘fastest half-marathon dressed as a witch.’ In order to set the record, she’ll need to run two hours for the half-marathon, which is also 5:41 per kilometre.
Prosser says that running in a costume keeps things interesting and she hopes that her efforts help inspire other runners to achieve their own goals.