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Want To Run A Marathon On A Track?

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 5, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 5, 2012 at 9:07 AM UTC
Jay Jacob Wind on one of his 105 laps around the Falls Church track last Saturday. Photo: Washington Post

For some Washington D.C.-area enthusiasts, the answer is “yes”.

Last Saturday, ten brave souls stepped up on a rubberized track at the Falls Church, Virginia High School and did something that sounds almost unfathomable: they ran 105.5 laps.

That equates to a marathon.

The event, called “Last Track to Boston” was covered by Washington Post columnist Lenny Bernstein.

“It is 89 degrees when I arrive shortly before 4:30 p.m., less than an hour into the race, with 54 percent humidity that makes it feel like 95 degrees,” writes Bernstein of the experience. “Ideally, marathons should start near dawn and be run in 40- or 50-degree weather. The runners already are drenched in their own sweat, which drips from their hats and runs down their legs into their squishy shoes.”

Two women finished the arduous race. One of them was 44-year-old Tammy Bagdasarian.

She was out on the hot track for 5 hours and 23 minutes.

The event was set up by Jay Jacob Wind, who has been staging races in the D.C. area since 1981.

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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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