Much like they did in 2011, ASICS has created an interactive ad with Ryan Hall. Two years ago, it was a billboard in a Subway station, allowing anyone passing by to try and keep up with the marathoner Hall for just 60 feet. This year, in advance of the 2013 ING New York City Marathon, ASICS is setting-up the "Treadmill Challenge."
We built a treadmill that only runs at the speeds of America's fastest marathoners. We're driving it around New York to let people jump on and see how long they can keep up.
Spoiler: people can't keep up for very long! The record right now is 3:41, which at that pace is about 3/4 of a mile, which is actually pretty good!
Hall covers the 26.2 miles in a marathon around 2 hours and 10 minutes. Think you can run with Hall? Set your treadmill to 12 mph, and give it a go.* And then imagine running that fast for 26.2 miles.
Hall is one of the best American marathoners ever, and owns the U.S. marathon record with a time 2:04:58, accomplished at the 2011 Boston Marathon. The 31-year-old won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in New York City, and in 2009, finished third in Boston in and fourth in New York (2:10:36).
*(NOTE: We're not responsible for any injuries that may result.)