The 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was special for many reasons. The men's winner, Deressa Chimsa, ran the fastest-ever marathon on Canadian soil. The women's victor, Lanni Marchant, ran the fastest female time in the race's history. And one participant even competed in his 300th career marathon.
But for two racers in particular, the day will be one they'll never forget for a specifically historic reason: they broke Guinness World Records titles along the way.
With a time of 3 hr 46 min 58 sec, Paul Statchuck broke the record for fastest marathon dressed in full lacrosse gear (above). Joining him on the half marathon circuit was David Hiddleston, who broke the mark for fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit when he crossed the finish line in a banana costume at 1 hr 25 min 45 sec.
"This was a phenomenal day at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon for the sport and our city," said Alan Brookes, Race Director of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. "The world watched as our international and Canadian athletes broke records in multiple categories. I couldn't be happier, I need to pinch myself."
For Statchuck, it marked his third career Guinness World Records feat, all in marathon racing and all in sports gear. His lacrosse success joins his fastest marathon in an American football kit (3 hr 45 min 30 sec) at the 2012 Mississauga Marathon and fastest marathon in an ice hockey kit (4 hr 8 min 43 sec) at last year's Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
As for Hiddleston, it's his second Guinness World Records title, as he ran the fastest half marathon as a mascot (1 hr 46 min 27 sec) at the 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
More than 25,000 runners from over 60 countries participated in this year's race. Beyond the finishing times and world record achievements, the runners also combined to raise more than $3.2 million (£1.98 million) and counting for more than 180 charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, which runs through Oct. 31.