Flash and a “Maple Leaf” racing for Guinness World Records at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 14th.

TORONTO. September 28th. Stephane Hetherington dressed as “Flash” and Paul Statchuk, dressed as a Toronto Maple Leafs player will give the estimated 150,000 spectators something special to cheer for at this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 14th, when they race over the classic 42 kilometre distance to set new Guinness World Records. Flash will be aiming for the very challenging mark for “Fastest Marathon in a Superhero costume (male),” that currently stands at 2 hours 34 minutes and 56 seconds. This will be a second effort for Toronto’s fastest Superhero after the missed the record by a scant 12 seconds last Fall. This year, he will also be running to raise funds for the Etobicoke Track & Field Club. “I’m really excited about breaking a World Record this year,” said Stephane. “On a good day, I think I could come close to 2:32. We really have to take out Spiderman’s existing mark and get the record for Canada!” To support his efforts, Flash has even set up a website this year www.flashmarathon.ca

Paul Statchuk will toe the Start line at University & Armoury on October 14th, aiming to set a record that “really must belong in Canada,” says Race Director Alan Brookes – the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in “full Ice Hockey Uniform, including stick (male)”! Paul will be wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs outfit, and asks for lots of cheers, no jeers, the strike’s not his fault! To set the record, Paul will have to reach the Finish on Bay north of Queen Street in under 4 hours and 30 minutes.

This will be the second year of a partnership between Guinness World Records and Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, though the event has quite a Guinness history. In 2004, Beach resident MichalKapral set a Guinness mark for the “Fastest Marathon pushing a Pram” (2:49:44 ) with 20-month-old daughter Anika as his passenger. He then came back in 2005 to take another WR for the “Fastest Marathon Joggling 3 objects”. This performance gained Michal and Toronto considerable notoriety across North America, and two subsequent challenge matches took place against American Joggler Zach Warren, in Boston (2006) and Salt Lake City (07), where Michal (aka “The Joggler”) finally claimed the title and current standard with a 2:50:12. http://www.rememberliane.com/joggler.php

Last year, the streets of Toronto Waterfront saw two new Guinness WRs, as Mark Wilding ran 3:39:25 to go into the books with the “Fastest Marathon run by a Bottle (male)”; and David Hiddlestone of mynextrace.com ran the “Fastest Half marathon in a Mascot Outfit”, as Jefferson the Dog (1:46:27).

“The marathon is just a wonderful city festival,” said Brookes. “There is so much energy and excitement, especially from our costume and charity runners as well as the pro athletes. It’s a ‘don’t miss’ event. You’re invited to come out and cheer for the 25,000 runners from 50 countries! With all our encouragement, new records can be set, dreams come true.”

Sara Wilcox of Guinness says there’s still time to register to run for a Guinness World Record at this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront:

Guinness World Records participants must be entered in the marathon at the STWM event (www.stwm.ca) and must also register online at www.guinnessworldrecords.com.

Once registered please email press@guinnessworldrecords.com with all information.

Go Leafs Go! Go Flash Go!

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