A Calgary couple toasted 20 years of marriage with a new world record Sunday after running the Servus Calgary Marathon handcuffed to one another. megan and Rich MacDonald completed the 42.2-km distance in 3:18:28, setting the record for the fastest marathon run by a male-female duo tethered at the wrist.
The MacDonalds shaved 25 minutes off the previous record set at the 2019 London Marathon. In addition to hitting their target time, the couple also surpassed their fundraising target of $8,000 for MitoCanada, a charity that helps support and protect Canadians living with mitochondrial disease. The couple began training for their world-record attempt in February.
Sunday’s event wasn’t the first time the MacDonalds locked in a world record at the Calgary Marathon. In 2017, Megan was part of the 10-member Team MitoCanada who set the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon run by a female team linked together (3:27:58). That same year, Rich was part of the 112-person team that set the record for the most people to finish a marathon linked together.
Sunday’s event wasn’t just a marathon to remember for the MacDonalds, but for a race day that continues to build its post-pandemic momentum, said John Bird, interim executive director with Run Calgary. “Today’s race went so well, and we were delighted to welcome more than 9,200 people to the finish line,” said Bird. “We had our highest attendance since the pandemic, raised more than $475,000 for charity, and brought together the running community in a great celebration of health and wellness. I’d like to thank the 1,100 plus volunteers who gave their time to help others achieve their goals today.”
The men’s marathon was won by Lance Risseuw in 2:36:04, and the women’s event by Maria Zambrano, in 2:48:02. Both winners are from Calgary.
In addition to the marathon, which drew close to 1,200 participants, the race day included 50-km, half-marathon, 10-km, and 5-km events, as well as a 1.2-km “kids marathon.”
In total, 93 charities benefited from donations collected through this year’s marathon, with $475,000 being collected as part of the Servus Charity Challenge. The event has raised $9.7 million for charities over the last 12 years.
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