Ashrita Furman has broken more Guiness World Records than anybody else.
This is an excerpt from one of his successful record attempts. – For Running on Stilts. Ashrita gives
“…Once in China, I used the extra time to train hard and get into excellent shape. Whenever I went out to practice, the Chinese bystanders seemed to be absolutely fascinated by my new fangled apparatus. I found a scenic, flat, one-mile course by the waterfront in Xiamen, China for the record attempt. I had no idea at the time I chose the course, but the starting point happened to auspiciously begin at an ancient Buddhist temple! With my teacher’s blessings reverberating in my heart, I began my month-long delayed attempt. It turned out to be a deeply fulfilling experience, although it got a little rough at the end. I had to keep up the pace, even though my legs were tired and I began to stumble on the patches of rough brickwork in the road. I knew if I fell the attempt would be over, because I would lose too much time trying to get back up. Fortunately, I was able to stay on my feet and crossed the finish line to the cheers of my friends, including Udar and Homagni, and some of the locals. I managed to complete the 8 kilometers in 39 minutes and 55 seconds, a little more than 2 minutes better than the old mark…”