Last Sunday saw Guinness World Records partner with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) to give runners the opportunity to set official Guinness World Records in the both the 42.2K marathon and the half marathon (21.09 kilometers).
Adrenaline was high as runners braved the cold and 35 MPH wind
to strive for greatness within Canada's largest city.
Official Guinness World Records set were the following:
Fastest Half Marathon by a Mascot (Male)
David Hiddlestone who ran this year's marathon as one a marathon staple costume of "Jefferson the Dog" from MyNextRace.
With a bench mark record of 1 hr 59 minute 14 second previously
set by Peter Donato at the Gasparilla Distance Classic in February
of 2011, David Hiddleston succeeded in setting a new record with a
time of 1 hr 46 minutes and 27 seconds!
Fastest Marathon in a Superhero Costume (Male)
One of the most nail biting moments of the day transpired after skilled runner, Stephane Hetherington, dressed as marvel comic and superhero, The Flash narrowly missed the 'Fastest Marathon in a Superhero Costume' (Male).
His clocked in an amazing time 2 hours 35 minutes and 8 seconds and came in 28th in overall in the full marathon. Unfortunately he just missed the previous record set at 2 hr 34 minutes and 56 seconds.
The current record will continue to be held by Michael Wardian (USA) who dressed as Spiderman at the 2011 Lower Potomac Marathon in Piney Point, Marathon, USA.
Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Bottle
Attempted by: Mark Wilding (Canada)
With a final time of 3 hrs 39 minutes and 25 seconds Mark Wilding smashed the previous record of 3 hr 53 minutes 26 seconds set by Gavin Rees (UK) at last year's Virgin London Marathon.
Originally from Keswick, Ontario, he had a previously failed
attempt at last year's 2011 Virgin London Marathon. His record is
focused on raising money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research.
Other notable achievements of the day included Elite runner Kenneth Mungara (Kenya), pictured at the top of the page, who was this year's first place finisher. This was Mungara's fourth straight Toronto marathon win clocking in at 2 hours 9 minutes and 49 seconds to beat Ethiopia's Shami Dawit by a stride and two seconds.
Canadians Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet, pictured below, celebrated their run after placing 3rd and 4th with times qualifying times for the 2012 Olympics!