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7:19 PM on Thursday, October 29, 2020   •   Edited

T-shirt run world record: 57 t-shirts and 14 miles

"The challenge is to see how many shirts and laps you can complete before you can no longer get any more shirts on or complete any more laps," explains newly minted world record holder, Chris Robertson. "Each shirt+lap combo needs to be completed in less than 2 minutes, so if it takes 10 seconds to put a shirt on, you have 1:50 to complete the lap. That makes it exponentially harder the further you go because if you are slow getting a shirt on or are too heavy/tired to keep running the same pace, the competition is over. No one can help you put the shirts on, and tanks/sleeveless shirts are not allowed."

It might sound like a high-speed fashion show but running in 57 t-shirts isn't very glamorous. Chris donned 30 lbs of t-shirts over the course of the run which makes the stats – 14.69 miles at an average pace of 6:48 per mile – even more impressive.

"We laid out all the shirts we had from smallest to largest ahead of time and just stuck to the order on race day. You don't want to size up too early if your goal is to maximize shirts, but there is also a strategy around not restricting your movement too much with excessive numbers of shirts of the same size. It takes a little bit of trial and error," said Chris.

Although he added 7 t-shirts/laps to the existing record Chris thinks he could have kept going if more t-shirts had been available. "The t-shirt record is definitely beatable if anyone wants to give it a go. I could have probably done another 20ish shirts, but I didn't have any left to put on."

No stranger to unusual world records – Chris also holds the 2-mile beer world record of 10 minutes and 18 seconds – we wouldn't bet against him adding another few records while race opportunities are limited. What do you think he should go for next?

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