i love the final run time.
Intriguing story of Hope, distraction, failure, shame, humility, repentance, and success. There is a life sermon in there somewhere.
Haha. That's the most classy way to give up in a race.
The longuest run: 42km ran in 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds.
From the page:
Shizo Kanakuri disappeared while running the marathon in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. He was listed as a missing person in Sweden for 50 years - until a journalist found him living quietly in southern Japan.
Overcome with heat during the race, he had stopped at a garden party to drink orange juice, stayed for an hour, then took a train to a hotel and sailed home the next day, too ashamed to tell anyone he was leaving.
There's a happy ending: In 1966 Kanakuri accepted an invitation to return to Stockholm and complete his run. His final time was 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds - surely a record that will last forever.
haha, i love the final run time.
Rather misleading... nobody in Japan thought he was missing, including the subsequent Olympic teams he was a part of. It was Sweden: only Sweden was in the dark and had listed a Japanese citizen missing for 50 years. The offer to return and finish his race seems less like this guy's happy ending and more like one more strange stop along the way.
Bizarre Olympics story. Guy gets tired and thirsty while running race, steps off track...and "disappears" for decades!
I think if he was a missing person, the family would have been notified. At which point they would have found their missing person. Interesting story, but that part of it is whack.
This is a ridiculously cool story.