Want To Run A Marathon On A Track?

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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