British astronauts set to become first man to operate marathon in space

Tim Peake will literally be running in a space race. The British astronaut plans to remotely operate next years London Marathon on a treadmill on the International Space Station, a accomplishment that will construct him the first man to run a marathon in space.

Sunita Williams became the first person to run a marathon in space in 2007. She was also the first person to complete a triathlon in space.

Peake begins his 173 -day mission to the ISS on Dec. 15. He will have to wear a weighted harness to combat the low gravitation of the constant free fall of orbit. Such measures are important to preserve bone density and muscle mass in space. The astronaut told the Associated Pressthat he ran the marathon in 1999 in 3 hours, 18 minutes, and 50 seconds. The ISS orbits the earth in about 92 minutes, so if Peake makes the same period as he did in 1999, the ISS would have been able to circled the Earth twice by the time he finishes.

However, Peake told the AP that he likely wont be defining any personal records, because hell working under different physical conditions that require monitoring his health.

Peake exemplifies the intrepid explorer concept of an astronaut. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, climbing, and mountaineering. In his professional life, “hes having” expended time in the air as a pilot and under the ocean as a researcher in NASAs Extreme Environment Mission Operations.

The London Marathon will start on April 24, 2016.

Screengrab viaVirgin Money London Marathon/ YouTube

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