With sports events around the world cancelled
or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event, organised
by Personal Peak Endurance Coaching, saw participants running
6.7km every hour with the last person standing declared the
Participants had the option of running indoors on a treadmill or
on an outdoors course and were linked via the video conferencing
app Zoom throughout.
The race began on April 4 and came down to a battle between
Virginia-based Wardian, who was running outdoors, and Czech
Republic's Radek Brunner on his treadmill for the final 15
Wardian prevailed after Brunner failed to start the 63rd loop
when the hourly buzzer went off.
"Radek was pushing me beyond anything both of us have ever done
in the past," Wardian said in a video posted on Facebook.
"It was a real honour and privilege to be a part of something
beyond my imagination."
The 45-year-old said more than 2,500 runners from 50 countries
"I think we all got to enjoy this weekend. I know we are all
physically separated at the moment but this brought us together
in a way... to share what we love about the world," he added.
Wardian's reward was what the organisers described as the
"world's most coveted prize" - a golden toilet paper roll.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter
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