Yiannis Kouros holds all men’s competition world records from over 100 miles to 1,600 miles. Tomoe Abe holds the women’s world record for ultramarathons. The men’s marathon world record is held by Haile Gebrselassie, and the women’s record was set by Paula Radcliffe. The first competitive race was on Mount Olympus in Ancient Greece in 776 BC.
A Greek runner named Yiannis Kouros holds the world record for distance running: 188 miles (303 kilometers). Kouros actually holds all men’s competition world records from over 100 miles (161 kilometers) to 1,600 miles (2,575 kilometers), completed in one to ten days. A Japanese woman, Tomoe Abe, holds the women’s world record for ultramarathons, races longer than the standard marathon length of 26.2188 miles (42.195 kilometers). She ran 62 miles (100 kilometers) in 6 hours, 33 minutes and 11 seconds in 2000.
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Mike Morton holds the American record for longest run in 24 hours: 172 miles (277 km).
The men’s marathon world record is held by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie. She set her best of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 59 seconds at the Berlin Marathon in 2008. The women’s record was set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe at the London Marathon in 2003 — she completed the race in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds.
The first competitive race is thought to have been on Mount Olympus in Ancient Greece in 776 BC, where the Olympic Games began.