Treadmill World Record Broken

Kiehl's Store Hosts Historic 'Treadathalon'

Kiehl's press release

NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In an attempt to break the world record for the longest distance run on a treadmill in twenty-four hours, two seasoned ultra-marathoners ran for the 154-mile mark at the Kiehl's flagship store, beginning April 29th at 8:05 am in a first-ever Kiehl's "Treadathalon."  Christopher Bergland broke this record, logging 247.45 km [153.76 miles] in 24 hours on Friday, April 30 2004 at 8:05 AM.

Record Breaker Christopher Bergland's Book
"The Athlete's Way"

The Athlete's Way,
from the UK:

World Record Treadmill Runner Christopher Bergland
Christopher Bergland and Dean Karnazes ran side-by-side on two 95 Ti Life Fitness treadmills positioned just inside the storefront of the Kiehl's flagship located at 109 Third Avenue in New York City's East Village. In full view of the public, both men saught to break the twenty-four hour treadmill distance record of 153.6 miles recently attained by Edit Berces in Budapest, Hungary. The nature of the race also offers a truly unique dynamic between runners and spectators; where a standard race only showcases brief glimpses of the athletes at work, this format allows spectators to experience the whole process from start to finish - should they attend the full twenty-four hours.

In order to break the world record, the two die-hard athletes had maintain an average speed of one mile per 9.4 minutes on the treadmill -- slower than marathon speeds, but lasting far longer.  Also, each runner burned an estimated 1,000 calories every hour -- roughly 24,000 calories over the course of the race, refueling on the fly with a liquid diet of athletic gels, Gatorade, Pedialyte and Ensure.

Christopher Bergland, a native of New York City and Kiehl's store employee, is no stranger to ultra-endurance sports -- or to Kiehl's-sponsored sporting events.  Aside from winning three separate Triple Ironman competitions, Mr. Bergland participated in the 2003 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon.  In this event, competitors ran 135 miles non-stop from California's Death Valley -- the point of lowest elevation in the U.S. -- to the Mt. Whitney "Portals," which soar to nearly 8,300 feet.  Mr. Bergland led all competitors until the twenty-first hour, when severe fatigue and 133-degree temperatures called for a respite that pushed his position back three spots, but did not prevent him from placing 4th overall. Prior to this, Mr. Bergland had been running marathons, 10K's and shorter triathlons internationally since the early 1990's.

Dean Karnazes, who hails from San Francisco, has a similar risumi to Mr. Bergland's and is a renowned figure and makes regular showings at the world championships in Hawaii. Mr. Karnazes, who finished 2nd in the Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon, has written a book based on his experiences entitled, "Ultramarathon Man."

The Kiehl's Treadathalon raised US-$ 6,000 in 24 hours for YouthAIDS, an initiative of Population Services International, which has embraced the mission of stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS among 15 to 24-year-olds in over 70 countries by educating youth on healthy living and by providing life-saving health products. Kiehl's has donated more than US-$200,000 to YouthAIDS in the past year through sales of its Eucalyptus body cleanser with 100% of profits from sales going to the cause.

Kiehl's Since 1851 was founded as an old world apothecary in New York's East Village. Its unique and extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, and medicinal knowledge developed and passed on through the generations. Today, Kiehl's formulates a broad range of unique preparations utilizing the most advanced technologies and natural ingredients of the highest quality. The company has long espoused a healthy, active lifestyle and has a long-standing association with endurance sports. In 2003 Kiehl's became title sponsor of the annual Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile non-stop race in California's Death Valley.  The company also supported the 35th anniversary Mt. Everest expedition.

Split times of the record breaking run

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1 11,09 6,89 11,09 6,89
2 11,12 6,91 22,21 13,8
3 11,26 7 33,47 20,8
4 11,70 7,27 45,17 28,07
5 11,55 7,18 56,73 35,25
6 11,20 6,96 67,93 42,21
7 11,33 7,04 79,26 49,25
8 10,68 6,64 89,95 55,89
9 10,25 6,37 100,20 62,26
10 10,09 6,27 110,29 68,53
11 10,57 6,57 120,86 75,1
12 10,23 6,36 131,10 81,46
13 9,93 6,17 141,03 87,63
14 10,30 6,4 151,33 94,03
15 10,46 6,5 161,79 100,53
16 10,17 6,32 171,96 106,85
17 10,09 6,27 182,05 113,12
18 9,49 5,9 191,54 119,02
19 9,73 6,05 201,28 125,07
20 9,40 5,84 210,68 130,91
21 9,80 6,09 220,48 137
22 9,56 5,94 230,04 142,94
23 9,22 5,73 239,26 148,67
24 8,19 5,09 247,45 153,76

Treadmill World Record List