Menswear co-founder sets world record for half-marathon in a suit

Menswear co-founder Gihan Amarasiriwardena set the world record for wearing a suit in the half-marathon last Sunday.

The half-marathon distance isn’t right for every runner but it seems perfectly tailored for Gihan Amarasiriwardena, co-founderĀ of the menswear company Ministry of Supply.

Amarasiriwardena, a former runner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, set a world record running the half-marathon in 1:24:41 while wearing a suit at the Half MerryThon in Massachusetts on Dec. 6.

To confirm his race to the Guinness World Records and ensure there’s enough evidence, Amarasiriwardena had a drone capture footage throughout the course. If ratified, his world record would break the previous mark by more than 11 minutes.

Ministry of Supply is a competitor of Indochino, the company that sponsored Canadian Nicholas Mizera, the previous world record holder. Mizera ran 1:35:47 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon in Toronto on Oct. 18.

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Both companies make custom-designed suits measured individually for each customer, designed for the office while offering the technology of performance gear.

Ministry of Supply
The Ministry of Supply website advertises the suit as runner-friendly.

Amarasiriwardena ran in the Ministry of Supply Aviator Two, a performance-based suit with moisture-wicking material and four-way stretch allowing for flexible movement.

One month earlier, the MIT graduate ran a 1:22:15 half-marathon, just two minutes faster than what he was able to accomplish wearing a suit.