U.S. woman first to run Boston marathon in orbit

By SCOTT MALONE
Reuters

April 16, 2007 – The Scrooge Report Post

BOSTON – An American astronaut became the first person to run the Boston Marathon in space on Monday, completing the 26.2 miles on a treadmill in the orbiting International Space

marathon astronaut
International Space Station/Reuters File Photo

Suni Williams, who was an official entrant in the race, took four hours 23 minutes 46 seconds, said John Yembrick, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

On Earth, Williams has run marathons in about 3-1/2 hours.

Williams said in a media briefing early this month: “Just the fact that I’m running that much slower is going to be a little bit tedious because it’s going to be a long time on the treadmill.”

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