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Monday, March 3, 2014

Treadmill Half Marathon World Record Toppled

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Tyler Andrews is pictured running a world record-setting half marathon at Boston's Marathon Sports store. (Karyn Miller-Medzon)Tyler Andrews' coach, Jon Waldron, talks him through the last mile. The crowds inside and outside were growing as the end of the dramatic run drew closer. (Karyn Miller-Medzon)Tyler Andrews collapses briefly on the floor of the store after setting a new world record. (Karyn Miller-Medzon)

Weary of icy roads and sub-zero temperatures, runners around the country have been turning to the treadmill this winter. But one man, 23-year-old Tyler Andrews, took his treadmill running a little more seriously.

On Saturday, he set a new world record for the treadmill half marathon, running the 13.1-mile race in 1:07:18, nearly 11 seconds faster than a Scottish long distance runner named Andrew Lemoncello.

The record was set at Boston’s Marathon Sports store in front of a crowd that included running fans, as well as curious shoppers.

Andrews dedicated his run to Strive Trips, an organization he co-owns that brings American students to Peru and Kenya to work on community development.

Here & Now’s Karyn Miller-Medzon was at the record-setting event and brought us this report.

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  • Karyn Miller-Medzon, avid runner and frequent producer for Here & Now.

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