A St. Catharines, Ont. runner broke 80 minutes in the half-marathon while dressed as grapes on Sunday.
Rob Lapensee went under the previous world record for fastest half-marathon dressed as a fruit at the Dairy Farmers of Canada Half-Marathon. His time of 1:19:13 still needs to be ratified by Guinness to be considered an official world record.
“That’s a fast enough time to set a new Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon dressed as fruit – unofficially,” he wrote on his blog. “Now I need to submit the evidence for verification in order to make it official.”
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The existing record of 1:20:37 was run in a banana costume. Lapensee’s performance, good for fourth overall, on Sunday was run as part of the Niagara Falls International Marathon race weekend.
In a pre-race blog post, Lapensee wrote that he was attempting the record because, in part, his daughters are “really into the Guinness World Record books and I thought they’d be excited to see their old man’s name listed with all the other people who have done ‘officially amazing’ feats.” He ran in grapes because of the Niagara area is known for its wine and vineyards.
Approximately 4,000 people, from as many as 15 countries, competed in the various events offered by the Niagara Falls International Marathon, which begins in Buffalo and ends at the brink of Niagara Falls.