Ultra-Runner Set For 1st Official Marathon At Sea On Serenity

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Here’s one guy who is unlikely to gain weight on his cruise.

Ultra-runner Dane Rauschenbergplans to finish the 1st official marathon on a cruise ship when he gets an early start 11DEC on a 97-lap jaunt around Crystal Serenity’s Promenade Deck during a 14 day cruise in the Caribbean from New Orleans to Miami.  

Crystal Cruises claims that Rauschenberg's run will be the 1st marathon at sea. The line has asked USA Track & Field to have the promenade deck measured and plans to have an official onboard to monitor the run with a timing system, as a means to ensure the run is certified.

At least 2 other runners also have completed a marathon distance while sailing on a cruise ship in front of plenty of witnesses.

Steve Eaton, a British runner, ran a marathon on Grand Princess in 2011 in 5 hours, 16 minutes, as part of a charity effort called Help for Heroes for wounded military members. American Sean Tolkin also ran a marathon for charity onboard Norwegian Breakaway in 2013, raising almost $50,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, while finishing the run in 3 hours, 43 minutes.

Rauschenberg also completed a marathon at sea on the same cruise ship in 2014. But since he ran by himself with no official counter, it wasn’t considered official. This time, Crystal is working with the folks at Guinness World Records to preserve Rauschenberg’s feat for posterity.

Rauschenberg is well-known as a beast when it comes to endurance running. He ran 52 marathons on 52 consecutive weekends in 2006. The Titusville, Pa. native also ran a 202-mile relay race without any relay partners.

Fellow guests will be invited to run along with Rauschenberg – or most likely run behind him. He says running on a ship brings different challenges than a typical marathon.

“It's interesting, because of the motion of the cruise ship. In the Pacific, when I started out, it had a side-to-side motion and later it was pitching and yawing forward and backward. So, I can't just zone out like you should be able to do in a marathon. I was mentally wiped out.”

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