Sumo Wrestler Plans to Become World's Heaviest Marathon Runner

Kelly Gneiting, a champion sumo wrestler from Arizona, hopes to complete an upcoming marathon in under nine hours. If successful, he'll be the heaviest marathon competitor ever according to Guinness World Records:

"I have high self-esteem and believe I can do anything," he told the Daily Telegraph. "I'm big, but I feel like I have a talent for this." Mr Gneiting, who is originally from Idaho, is 6ft tall and has a 5ft waist. He is a three-time American sumo champion and has represented the US at the world championships.

He said that his size made running uncomfortable. "It's hard on my feet, my thighs and under my armpits," he said. He plans to wear slick black Lycra leggings to prevent friction.


The Telegraph (UK) notes that Gneiting weighs 29 stone, which converts to about 184 kilograms. Oh, those Europeans and their odd measurement systems!

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5 hrs is considered a slow marathon. A walking pace is 3 miles an hour. He finished SLOWER than that. So 400 lb guy walks 26.2 miles and we're supposed to be impressed?
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