Meet the world’s fastest banana

Melvin Nyairo of the US finished the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon in 1:15:35, setting the world record for fastest half-marathon dressed as a fruit

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

On Sunday, Melvin Nyairo from California finished the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon in 1:15:35, setting the world record for fastest half-marathon dressed as a fruit. Nyairo’s run became a bit of a Twitter sensation. He was a front runner in Sunday’s marathon for the first half, as he was on pace with the elite Canadian women through 15K. It looked like the elite Canadians had hired a banana as a pacer.

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Nyairo says he chose to run as a banana because it’s a staple food in his home of Kenya and for its streamlined silhouette. “It’s got the nutrients that runners need and I chose to run as a Chiquita banana because it’s a company that supports races.”

The new world record holder says that it was his new year’s resolution to complete a Guinness World Record, and after looking at the website, he decided he would attempt to run the fastest half dressed as a fruit. “It was between fruit or vegetable. If I had decided to run as a vegetable, I would have run as a carrot.”

Nyairo is a strong runner. He ran his marathon personal best of 2:48 at the 2017 Boston Marathon and he’s going back for the 2020 event. His half-marathon personal best is a 1:13:15. The runner says the attempt went very well, except for the heat. “I wore a Nike compression shirt underneath the banana costume to prevent chafing. But it was very uncomfortable and hot in there. I sweat a lot.”

To take things one step further, Chiquita Banana was an official sponsor of the attempt. Nyairo not only holds the title of the world’s fastest banana, but he’s also won himself a year’s supply of bananas for his successful attempt. “This means I’m very well prepared for my upcoming races.”

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