A Scottish distance runner named Andrew Lemoncello set the world record earlier this week for a half-marathon run on a treadmill. Lemoncello completed the distance of 13.1 miles in 1:07:29, breaking the previous mark of 1:08:50 set by American Mike Wardian.
Lemoncello wasn’t just running to get his name in the record books, either. The 31-year-old was raising money for the National Down Syndrome Society. Lemoncello spoke with the the Daily Record about his daughter, Isla, who was born Down’s syndrome:
After Isla was born, I figured I could do something with my running to help those who helped us. Being born with Down Syndrome, she has had some health problems to battle but she is staying strong and is such a joy to be around.
Any time we worry about her and the problems that she may face, we just have to hold her and she takes away all our worries.
Her happiness and strength inspired me to do something with my running to help raise money for the NDSS.
We salute Lemoncello for his new record and for donating to such a good cause.
[Sources: Daily Record]