British Fitness Model Pulls a Mini Cooper for an Entire Marathon
Ross Edgley took the better part of a day to pull the 3,200-pound car 26.2 miles.
Fitness writer Ross Edgley pulled a car for 26.2 miles, calling the stunt the "World's Strongest Marathon."Photograph courtesy of Ross Edgley
Like many first-time marathoners, Ross Edgley felt like a car was strapped to his back when he crossed the finish line.
Unlike many first-time marathoners, Edgley actually did have a car strapped to his back at the 26.2-mile mark.
3,200-pound Mini Cooper, to be exact.
Calling it the “World’s Strongest Marathon,” the 30-year-old from
Cheshire, England, took 19 hours and 36 minutes to run a full marathon
while dragging a car. He completed the feat Friday on a racetrack in
rainy and windy conditions “The idea started as a bit of a joke with some friends while watching movies,” Edgley told Runner’s World. “Someone went, ‘Oh, you should run a marathon while pulling a car.’”Edgley took the suggestion seriously because, as a former swimmer and
water polo player for Great Britain’s international team, now a trainer and fitness model, he believed he had the stamina to finish. He trained for eight months with the Mini, going up to 16 miles in
one session. “The whole idea came down to work capacity,” Edgley said.
He had to adapt his body to be able to exert himself for up to 16 hours
at a time. “That first training session I put the harness on to see how
far I could go. After two miles my legs were bit.” Eight months later, in the rain at the Silverstone track in central
England, he strapped into the harness with the help of his crew. The
car’s speakers blasted Jay Z’s rendition of “It’s a Hard Knock Life”
during the first mile.