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Tim Peake to run London marathon in space

By T.K. Randall
December 6, 2015 · Comment icon 0 comments

Astronaut Tim Peake is preparing for his stint aboard the ISS. Image Credit: NASA
The British astronaut will run the entire 42 kilometers while aboard the International Space Station.
Running a marathon can be a grueling challenge at the best of times, but imagine trying to do that while strapped to a treadmill in a weightless environment over 200 miles above the Earth.

This is the challenge astronaut Tim Peake will be attempting next April during his stint aboard the orbiting outpost in a bid to become the first man to run a marathon in space.
Only one other person has ever achieved such a feat - astronaut Suni Williams who ran the Boston Marathon in much the same way back in 2007.

"I have to wear a harness system that's a bit similar to a rucksack," said Peake. "It has a waistbelt and shoulder straps. That has to provide quite a bit of downforce to get my body onto the treadmill so after about 40 minutes, that gets very uncomfortable. "

"I've set myself a goal of anywhere between 3:30 to four hours."

Source: Toronto Star | Comments (0)

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