British astronaut Tim Peake has been determined to be the first man ever to complete a marathon in space. Aboard the ISS (International Space Station) and running on a treadmill, Tim set out to run the London Marathon this April 24th.
Running in sync with the race going on down below, Tim had an Ipad playing footage of the London streets and was strapped down to maintain contact with the treadmill while running in a low-gravity environment.
— BBC Get Inspired (@bbcgetinspired) April 24, 2016
Here’s what Tim was seeing on his Ipad via the app Running Social:
— RunSocial (@runsocial) April 24, 2016
Finishing with a respectable time of 3 hours and 35 minutes, he was a bit far behind winner Eliud Kipchoge’s 2 hour 3 minute and 4 second run that missed out on the world record by only 7 seconds! Also behind his personal best of 3 hours, 18 minutes on land, that doesn’t mean he didn’t break a world record. Smashing previous record holder Sunita WIlliams’ time of 4 hours and 24 minutes, Tim Peake is not officially the fastest man in space.
— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) April 24, 2016
Running in space is something that only a few people in the world have the physical capacity to do. One of those people being Sunita Williams who actually set the record for the first woman/person to ever run a marathon in space when she ran in sync with the Boston Marathon in 2007. It seems like a lot of articles failed to mention this.