Bloomington runner falls short of 12-hour treadmill record

Published Date: August 28th, 2012

28 August 2012

Dan Seaway, 37, of Bloomington ran or walked 55.05 miles on a treadmill at Gold’s Gym from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday.The Guinness record is 63.01 miles, which was set in April. Dan Seaway fails to break the Guinness World Record of most miles completed on a treadmill in 12 hours. But he hopes that his try will inspire other people to chase their dreams.

Dan Seaway runs with his mother, Deborah Dunai of Maryland

When Seaway began training, the record was 55.54 miles, and he didn’t know about the new record until a few days ago.“I came up short,” an exhausted Seaway said a few minutes after his 12 hours on a treadmill ended. “I’m definitely upset about not reaching the record, but I went the full 12 hours and I feel good about that.

Seaway’s sister, Rachel Dunai of Fredericksburg, Md., said “He came extremely close to his original goal. He’s gonna get in that book, just not today. “Even though he didn’t break the record, he raised $350 for St. Jude (Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.), and I hope he inspired other people to stay in shape,” Dunai said.

Seaway was on pace to break the record in the early afternoon. But by 5:40 p.m., he was taking longer breaks — which are allowed — to stretch and cool down and began walking more and running less.As his pace slowed, some of the 30 family members and friends who were there to encourage Seaway and to be witnesses to his attempt said he was experiencing knee and shoulder pain and stomach upset.
“Everything started shutting down,” Seaway recalled afterward. “I was having joint pain, which is hard to deal with, and couldn’t slow down my breathing.”

“It’s unbelievable that he ran for over 55 miles,” his mother said. “We’re all so proud of him. Our entire family has found this very inspirational.”



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