Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Man sets weekly mileage Guinness world record with Rock 'n Roll San Diego Marathon finish


Mike Sheehy of Carlsbad, CA had a couple hundred mile head start at Sunday's Rock 'n Roll San Diego Marathon as the 38 year old man both crossed the Rock 'n Roll Marathon finish line and set a new Guinness world record for most miles run in a week. In a Forrest Gump fashion, Sheehy ran 408.04 miles from May 30 to June 6 in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Running three times a day for seven days, Mike Sheehy logged a marathon in the morning, a marathon in the afternoon and about 11 miles in the evening each day last week. Sheehy received his official Guinness Book of World Records certificate to authenticate his 408.04 mile week, which obliterated the previous weekly mileage world record set by Bernie Hollywood from England in 2008 of 350.2 miles.
Someone was constantly with Sheehy to validate his daily mileage and photograph his starts, and over 12 hours of his trek were recorded. Somewhat reminiscent of Forrest Gump, strangers started to join in on runs with Sheehy last week who were equally inspired by his spirit and his charitable intentions. Those intentions of Sheehy's raised nearly $50,000 for cancer research in 7 days.
Despite already running over 375 miles, Mike Sheehy still came in strong in the Rock 'n Roll San Diego Marathon results, placing 3,018 out of 10,625 finishers in 4:21.41. Earlier in 2010, Katie Visco of Massachusetts ran from Boston to San Diego, covering 3,132 miles in 9 months at only 24 years old.