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Phuket: World record for running knitter

Phuket: World record for running knitter

Running and knitting go together like legs and yarn, especially for one American record-holder.

By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Tuesday 29 October 2013, 09:14AM

Apparently graphic designers are born for this.

Apparently graphic designers are born for this.

A graphic design professor from the University of Central Missouri was able to break the Guinness World Record for longest scarf ever knitted while running a full marathon last week.

David Babcock started his running career around the same time he began knitting three years ago. Though he has always kept both activities separate, the 41-year-old decided to combine the two in last week's Kansas City Marathon and ended up knitting a 3.7 metre scarf – good enough for the record books.

The previous record-holder was Susie Hewer, who set it first in 2008 with a 1.6 metre scarf made during the Flora London Marathon. She broke her own record again in April at the same marathon with a 2.1 metre scarf.

Babcock shattered the record by packing the acrylic yarn on his waist since natural fibers pick up sweat. Aside from one early slip from an unnoticed pothole, Babcock was able to stay safe while running with needles.

He finished the marathon in five hours, 48 minutes, and 27 seconds.  

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