Half-marathon world record in an animal costume broken in Oregon

Jake Stout ran an unofficial world record for the half-marathon in an animal costume by racing as a bunny in Portland, Ore.

December 14th, 2015 by | Posted in Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

A man in a bunny costume beat the previous world record held by a runner dressed as a sheep

Jake Stout doing a Ralphie impression from the movie A Christmas Story. Original photo: BEN DEJARNETTE

While most people had their eyes on Galen Rupp at the Foot Traffic Holiday Half-Marathon in Portland, Ore. on Sunday, Jake Stout was arguably the second most popular competitor.

Rupp, the Olympic 10,000m silver medallist won the race in 1:01:20 but Stout broke the unofficial world record for running a half-marathon in an animal costume. The race needs to be ratified by Guinness World Records to be considered an official record.

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Glen Turner ran the world record in a Sheep costume.
Glen Turner ran the previous record in a Sheep costume.

Sporting a bunny costume, Stout ran 1:21:16 and bested the previous world record of 1:22:31, held by Glen Turner, who wore a sheep costume.

Stout is a former All-American with Oregon’s Willamette University and has run several marathons including New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

The Oregon native was inspired to race as Ralphie from the movie A Christmas Story. Many competitors on Sunday wore holiday-themed attire.

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Stout is currently an assistant coach with the University of Portland and works as a physiotherapist and running specialist at Pedal PT.

The race was cancelled midway through after a nearby accident caused black smoke to cover the course.