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New Zealand’s Kim Allan finally able to rest after 310 miles of sleepless running


As part of a fundraiser for the New Zealand Spinal Trust, ultra-marathoner Kim Allan completed a run of 310 miles (about 500 kilometers) without sleeping. Allan shattered the previous women’s world record of 486 sleepless kilometers — set by American Pam Reed back in 2005 — and managed to finish her feat of endurance before Christmas.

Man, and I thought my Christmas commute was strenuous.

Allan spoke with the The New Zealand Herald about her remarkable accomplishment:

It’s all a bit surreal at the moment. I’m going through some of the Facebook things on my page and when you see posts about a New Zealand woman beating the world record, I’m like, ‘oh my gosh, that’s me they’re talking about.’

Although the folks from Guinness did not monitor her performance, thus making her record unofficial, Allan said that her support staff documented her efforts thoroughly enough to make her record indisputable:

It would be very hard for people to say that it didn’t happen or that I slept or I missed a lap because there was always people there.

While it’s unfortunately too late to add Allan’s run to our list of amazing accomplishments from 2013, we applaud her performance.

[Source: The New Zealand Herald]

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