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,
It all started with a lie.
Larry Macon was sitting in a coffee shop in San Antonio with some of his fellow trial lawyers one Monday afternoon in 1996 when they started swapping tales of their weekend exploits. Some bragged about their golf games. Others about swimming or biking long distances.
When the conversation swung around to Macon, he chose fiction.
“They said, ‘Larry, what did you do?’ ” he recalls. “Well the truth is, Larry didn’t do anything. He worked all weekend. But I glanced at a newspaper and said, ‘Oh, I’m training for a marathon.’ Absolute lie. And they said, ‘That’s three weeks from now. Great, Larry, we’ll have a party for you after.’ Damn. Caught.”
From there Larry became addicted to marathon running, the obsession began to take on a new level with the pursuit of marathon records.
Progression of the Record
Larry’s Annual Marathon Record Progression
2008 – 105
2010 – 106
2011 – 113
2012 – 157
2013 – 255 (Note: Official record is 239 -The 255 record was never certified by Guinness)
The jump in marathons is almost entirely attributable to the I Ran Marathons races. As seen in the image below, he did collect quite a few I Ran Marathons medals.
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
Below is an excerpt from the ESPN article – dated January 15, 2014.
“Macon crisscrossed the country in 2013 to do as many as three marathons in three different cities on weekends…”
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
During his current Guinness World Record window, there were a total of 38 instances where Larry logged 2 marathons on the same day. Here are just a few examples.
Many of the other instances involved an I Ran Marathon and a Charlie Alewine Marathon on the same day.
According to Ken Fattman, who ran 3 I Ran races the same days as Larry,
(Larry) was allowed to “early start” before she arrived and was on an honor system to report his time and laps.
Ken did believe that Larry likely completed the marathon distance each of the 3 days he ran the “I Ran” races.
I provided just a sampling of Larry’s races and seemingly impossible schedule.
His results came under question initially within a letsrun thread
started in 2014 regarding Parvaneh. Many theorized that he was added to the I Ran Marathon results without his knowledge. No one followed up on his races in detail – although there was some analysis of his schedule – the focus was Parvaneh.
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