By Alicia Lacy
Killeen Daily Herald
A Killeen native will attempt a feat that will make most cringe for a second time.
At 7 a.m. today at GymX in Killeen, John Warnes will run more than 160 miles on a treadmill for 24 straight hours to attempt to break the world record held by Arulanantham Suresh Joachim of Australia. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Joachim ran 160.24 miles on a treadmill in 24 hours in Canada in November 2004.
Warnes attempted to break the record years ago in Denver, Colo., but finished a mile short of the current record. He has been training to break the record for about five or six years.
An avid runner, the 1994 Killeen High School graduate ran track in high school and continues to run 5Ks and 10Ks, averaging a distance of about 150 miles per week.
"I run track professionally and run marathons," he said. "I run two times a day."
So when faced with the challenge of running for 24 straight hours on a treadmill, it seemed attainable to Warnes.
"I looked at all the records, and they're from foreign countries, so I thought it would be good to have someone from here break a world record," Warnes said.
Thursday night, Warnes loaded up on carbohydrates at IHOP in Killeen to prepare himself and make certain he had the energy to endure the daylong run.
Warnes said he will begin at a pace of 7 mph and gradually drop down to 6.5 mph once he's reached an acceptable distance to ensure he surpasses the 160.24-mile mark.
While on the run, Warnes will have people ready to hydrate and feed him and log his miles.
The biggest thing for Warnes is to stay hydrated.
Saturday at 7 a.m., Warnes will know if he was able to break the record.
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