Herald/DAVID MORRIS - Running in a near empty gym Friday, John Warnes of Killeen begins his quest for a Guinness world record as he attempts to run more than 160 miles in a 24-hour period.

By Alicia Lacy

Killeen Daily Herald

After 24 hours of running, jogging and walking on a treadmill, John Warnes was 29 miles away from his goal and 26 miles from the world record.

On his second attempt at breaking the world record for distance ran on a treadmill in a 24-hour period, a quarter-sized blister that formed on Warnes foot slowed him down about 12 hours into his run, he said, which left him at 134 miles.

Years ago, Warnes attempted to the 24-hour run in Denver, Colo., but was one-mile shy of breaking the 160.24-mile current record.

Arulanantham Suresh Joachim of Australia holds the current world record.

According to Guinness World Records, Joachim ran 160.24 miles on a treadmill in 24 hours in Canada in November 2004.

More prepared for his second try, Warnes said he researched techniques used by the record holder, including fans positioned near his feet to keep them cool, a three-minute walk every 30 minutes and taking ibuprofen every so often to help ease any fatigue.

Thursday evening, Warnes loaded up on carbohydrates at IHOP to prepare for his run.

Shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, Warnes was already on the treadmill at GymX in Killeen to attempt the feat.

Throughout the day, Warnes said supporters visited with him while he completed his run.

"It helped to have people talking and supporting," he said. "It's just cool to have the support of the community."

With a distance goal of 163 miles, Warnes said he was where he wanted to be distance-wise until the blister formed.

Hoping to keep a pace between 6.8 and 7.2 mph throughout the entire run, the blister that formed on his foot set him back more than 30 minutes.

He said he wore blister guard socks to help prevent it, but the large blister formed.

Once on the treadmill again, Warnes said he returned to his preferred pace.

Though he did not break the record, Warnes said he is not disappointed and that he will continue to train and hopes to try it again in about eight months.

Warnes has been training to break the record for nearly 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 a week.

"I think it's great," Brenda Hillard, Warnes' mother, said about his attempt. "He does what he loves and takes it from there. Running has been a passion of his since he was young."

Contact Alicia Lacy at alacy@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7559. Follow her on Twitter at KDHfeatures.

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