On October 7, 2012, Ultra runner phenom Adam Campbell (Arc’teryx / Salomon) will attempt beat the Guinness World Record for being the fastest man to run a marathon in a business suit.
Campbell, who placed second in his first 100 miler at Mt Fuji earlier this year, will race in the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon in British Columbia. He’s confident that he will be able to break the record of 3 hr 24 min 46 sec, currently held by Paul Buchanan (UK). Buchanan made this time running in the Adidas Dublin Marathon in Dublin, Ireland on October 26, 2009.
Adam decided on the idea after reading about a recent failed attempt at breaking the record and wanted to use the opportunity as a way to both connect with the Victoria running community and to mix his dual personality as a runner and lawyer.
But as a lawyer, he hates suits – which make this even more of a challenge for him.
“It will feel hot and heavy and the first word that comes to mind is Chafe!” said Campbell. “I’m going to make sure to lube up on any potential hotspots. Mostly though, it will feel ridiculous and fun. I know I’ll have a lot of support on the course and people will be cheering extra loudly and I hope make fun of me along the way, so I’ll focus on that as I labour along.”
As an added incentive, Campbell who is also a lawyer with Hemminger Schmid Lawyers and Mediators, will be running to raise awareness about and fundraise for “Access Pro Bono”. Access Pro Bono is a BC based non-profit charitable society whose mission is to promote access to justice in BC by providing and fostering quality pro bono (free) legal services for people and non-profit organizations of limited means.