Three-Legged Running World Records

Three-legged running involves two runners who are tied together: The left leg of one runner is tied to the right leg of the other runner. Until the International Amateur Athletics Federation standardised track and field world record categories, records were officially verified by national athletics organizations. More recently, such categories are rather considered as fun events.

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The Rules

(If you want to break a record that is published in a record book or governed by an international authorithy, there may be other or additional rules. See here for more information.)
  1. This record is for running  given distance by a pair of two runners who are tied together at one foot.
  2. For the sprint distances, competitors must be tied securely together at the thighs and ankles of one leg each. The fastenings at the thighs to be such as to keep them practically in contact. At the ankles there, may be an interval not exceeding 4 inches. For longer distances, the competitors must be tied at the ankles only.
  3. Competitors must finish with fastenings intact.
  4. A course measuremet protocol should be provided. Marathon and half-Marathon records have to be set in an organised official race.
world record holders for 24 hr
                three-legged running: Mark Howlett (left) and Rab Lee
                (right)
The world record holders for 24 hr three-legged running: Mark Howlett (left) and Rab Lee (right)

50 YARDS

7 1/2 sec
W. D. and G. H. Preston (USA)
25 March 1882 in New York
6 3/4 sec
C S. Busse and C. L. Jacquelin (USA) 13 December 1889 in New York
6 2/5 sec
C. S. Busse and H. H. Morrell (USA) 7 September 1891 in West New Brighton
6 sec
6 sec
Craig Barrow and F. C. Ferrell (USA)
Harry L. Hillman and Lawson Robertson (USA)
16 May 1895 at the Games of the University of Georgia
11 November 1905 in New York at the Games of the 13th Regiment Heavy Artillery Athletics Association

50 METRES, WOMEN

8.0 sec
Sabine Roos und Gritta Zölfel (German Democratic Republic) 6 April 1986 in Berlin

60 YARDS

8 sec
C. S. Busse and C. S. Jacquelin (USA) 16 December 1890 in New York
7 2/5 sec
William S. Edwards and Phillip A. Sayles (USA) 15 January 1903 at the Games of the Ninth Regiment Athletic Association in New York
7 1/5 sec
Harry L. Hillman and Lawson Robertson (USA) 11 November 1905 in New York at the Games of the 13th Regiment Heavy Artillery Athletics Association

100 YARDS

12 1/2 sec
T A. Bertram and H. Pirie (USA) 16 October 1883 in Kingston
12 2/5 sec
C. S. Busse and H. H. Morrell (USA) 7 September 1891 in West New Brighton
12 sec
William S. Edwards and Phillip A.Sayles (USA) 11 August 1903 at the Games of the Spanish War Veterans in Bergen Beach
11 2/5 sec
Harry L. Hillman and Lawson Robertson (USA) 30 September 1905 in New York
11 sec
Harry L. Hillman and Lawson Robertson (USA) 24 April 1909 in Brooklyn, New York

110 YARDS AND 100 METRES

14 4/5 sec*
W. H. Luddington and C. H. Sherrill (USA) 3 June 1887 in New Haven, Conn.
12 4/5 sec
E. Schultze and E. Wernicke (Germany)
15 August 1897 in Berlin
12 3/5 sec*
Harry L. Hillman and Lawson Robertson (USA)
(in the same race, they ran 120 yards in 14 seconds, which was regarded as a world record as well in absence of any other validated performance)
17 November 1906 in New Yorkat the Games of the 13th Regiment Coast Artillery Athletics Association
* 110 Yards = 100.58 m

400 METRES

1:22.2 min
Emanuel Cerny und Josef Bohman (Czechoslovakia)
1984 in Prievidza

HALF-MARATHON

1:37:53 hr
Alastair and Nick Benbow (Great Britain)
2 March 2003 in the London Half Marathon

MARATHON

3:58:33 hr
Dale Lyons and David Pettifer (Great Britain)
2 April 1995 in the London Marathon
3:40:16 hr
Alastair and Nick Benbow (Great Britain)
26 April 1998 in the London Marathon

12 HOURS

64.4 km
[40.0 mi]
Charlie Wardle and Steve Burnett (Great Britain)
26 June 2009 in Milton Keynes
68.8 km
[42.75 mi]
 Simon Ashton and Gary Hooson (Great Britain), in Plymouth, Devon, UK, on 26 July 2011.

26 July 2011 in Plymouth

24 HOURS

32.93 km [20.46 mi]
equalled by three teams:
Martin Davidson and Kate Lowes,
Guy Le Grew and Oli Holland,
Sophie Lewis and Marie Claire McCartney (all Great Britain)
30 August 2008 in London


current female record
100.13 km [62.22 mi]
Steven and Suzanne Eltis (Australia) VIDEO
at Eatons Hill State School in Eatons Hill, Australia, on 24-25 October 2008
109.8 km
[68.23 mi]
Mark Howlett and Rab Lee (Great Britain)
Glenmore 24 Trail Race on 7-8 September 2013

three legged running

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