The half-marathon distance isn’t right for every runner but it seems perfectly tailored for Gihan Amarasiriwardena, co-founder 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.
Both companies make custom-designed suits measured individually for each customer, designed for the office while offering the technology of performance gear.
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.