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Marine Sets Record For Gas-Mask Marathoning

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 11, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 11, 2010 at 10:50 AM UTC
Former Marine Sergeant Jeffery Soles ran the entire marathon in a gas mask. Photo: Team X.T.R.E.M.E.

Former Marine Sergeant Jeffery Soles ran the entire marathon in a gas mask. Photo: Team X.T.R.E.M.E.

The Sergeant did it in under five hours.

Jeremy Soles, a former Marine Sergeant, ran the entire Marine Corps Marathon course two weeks ago while wearing a gas mask. His finishing time was 4:29:02. Soles is the founder of the nonprofit group, Team X-T.R.E.M.E.. He dedicated his unique achievement to Marine Corporal John Michael Peck, who suffered traumatic brain injury in Iraq in 2007 but insisted on returning to combat, only to lose both arms and legs in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan last May.

Peck was at the finish line waiting for Soles. “Corporal Peck, you are my hero,” Soles said.

The gas mask restricts breathing by appoximately 25 percent.

“A lot of times, people ask why we run in a gas mask,” Soles said. “Well, we use the gas mask to symbolize what we do. People often ask how difficult it is, and our first thing to tell them is it’s not nearly as difficult as overcoming traumatic brain injury, which he did, not nearly as difficult as overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder, learning how to walk again with prosthetic limbs – and people see the parallel,” Soles said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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