A group of 26 Calgary runners are trying to break six Guinness World Records in one day – all on a treadmill – to raise $50,000 for mitochondrial disease research.
The team were inspired by the bravery of local elite runner Blaine Penny, who co-founded support charity MitoCanada after his son Evan was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease.
“These Guinness World Record attempts by a collective 26 people are an excellent example of how athletes aspire to be part of something that is bigger than their individual abilities to accomplish a goal,” said Penny.
“This teamwork and collective energy will make a significant boost in helping raise the profile of mitochondrial disease in Canada and globally.”
The team will be making the record attempts at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Health & Wellness Expo, at the Big Four building at Stampede Park.
Beginning at at 4 p.m. on May 27 and finishing up 24 hours later on May 28, they are hoping to set two team and four individual records for most kilometres run on a treadmill:
The genetic disease can cause the failure of major organ systems like the heart, brain, muscles and lungs and leave sufferers quadriplegic. There is no cure.