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Chicago man runs 7 marathons on 7 continents, sets world record

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Nick Kotecki

Chicago resident and U.S. Marine Corps captain Daniel Cartica set a record time when he finished seven marathons on all seven continents as part of the World Marathon Challenge. He also set a record time for the event, averaging a time of three hours, 33 minutes for each marathon, the Associated Press reports

Cartica ran along with 14 others from across the globe. The group of brave souls began the race on January 23 in the snowy, below-zero climes of Antarctica, running across Union Glacier. The runners completed the race and arrived at another starting line the next day in Punta Arenas, Chile, where Cartica posted his best time of 3:12:46. Cartica's American counterpart, Becca Pizzi from Belmont, Massachusetts, also posted a world-record finish. Both runners were the first Americans to win the race.

In total, the athletes ran 183.4 miles (a single marathon is 26.2 miles) in just 168 hours. And 59 of those hours were spent on the plane that shuttled them across the globe. In addition to Antarctica and Chile, they ran in Miami; Madrid, Spain; Marrakesh, Morocco; Dubai, U.A.E. and Sydney, Australia.

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