As I wrote in the original article – Parvaneh Moayedi was my initial focus. The tips I received via email and on the message boards were primarily about Parvaneh. As I dug in deeper, I couldn’t in good conscience write an article about Parvaneh, and not include information about Larry Macon. Larry is the better known of the two, but their stories are similar.
|Larry Macon – 4 Time Record Holder for Most Marathons Run in 1 Year – Male
2008 – 105 marathons
2010 – 113 marathons
2012 – 157 marathons
12-1-2012 through 11-30-2013 – 239 marathons
Larry owns the Guinness World Record for male – Most Marathons Run in 1 Year. (239)
From an ESPN.com article on Larry, ‘Obsessive’ lawyer can’t stop running,
Progression of the Record
The “I Ran Marathons” Series offered 106 races during Larry’s World Record window. Larry appears in the results of 102 of them.
He also ran 72 races in California. Most of them were at Charlie Alwine races.
An Impossible Schedule
According to his results (available here) Larry was sold short. According to these results, he completed 6 marathons Friday-Sunday August 16th – 18th 2013.
In my opinion, had Larry managed to run 6 marathons in a weekend in 2013, he certainly wouldn’t have shortchanged this accomplishment when relaying his story to the ESPN reporter.
I pulled the above claimed results from Marathon Maniacs results. The marathon totals shown on the Maniacs page corresponds precisely with his Guinness record.
Even if Larry was very resourceful with early/late starts, the schedule above would be logistically impossible – not to mention the physical toll.
According to the above, he ran marathons in San Antonio and Huntington Beach on Friday (both races officially start early morning).
He then ran 2 marathons in California on Saturday in a combined time of over 16 hours, and then traveled to Nevada for a midnight start in the E.T Marathon. Following the E.T. Marathon, he made it back to California for one last marathon. I cannot come up with a scenario – even given the most liberal of early or late starts where this schedule was even remotely possible.
A logistical impossibility
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