365 Marathons In 365 Days (PHOTOS)

By: Mary Smith - Staff Writer
Feb 11, 2021

365 Marathons In 365 Days ‘It’s been a very, very long year.’ 365 marathons for Belgian athlete Sefaan Engels in 365 days, which is why he’s known as the ‘Marathon Man.’ The runner set a Guinness world record as he crossed the finish line on Feb. 5 in Barcelona.

Engels embarked on his quest to encourage others to achieve seemingly unattainable goals. The 49-year-old Belgian athlete, known as Marathon Man, has completed 365 races in a year, speeding through seven countries at the staggering rate of one 42km marathon a day, for 365 days.

“I also wanted to inspire people by showing that if I could run a marathon a day for an entire year, that anyone could run or bike a little each day or do something about their weight problem,” Engels said. “It’s been a very, very long year,” he added. Along the way, the former designer and sports promoter lost 33 pounds, destroyed 25 pairs of trainers and drew thousands of supportive runners to his side. His average time: four hours per marathon at the “slow” pace.

His best finish was 2 hours and 56 minutes. Exhausted just thinking about it? It wasn’t so hard after all, he says. “I don’t regard my marathon year as torture. It’s more like a regular job,” Engels said. The middle-aged jogger is often seen along the beach in the Costa del Sol resort of Malaga.

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