While firefighter Simon Trye was in lockdown, he got lost in the void of YouTube videos, which inspired him to try set a Guinness World Record.
He stumbled across a video of an American firefighter who tried – and failed – to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon wearing full firefighter kit and breathing apparatus. After a few trial runs at work Simon decided to pursue the world record himself, and added an extra challenge of raising $3,000 for KidsCan.
Eight months of grueling training later Simon crossed the finish line of the Kerikeri Half Marathon event in 3hr 21min 41sec and officially became a Guinness World Record holder. He also smashed his fundraising target, raising an incredible $16,213 for KidsCan!
If Simon's story has inspired you, we're looking for Charity Superstars to run or walk for KidsCan in the Auckland Marathon 2021 in October. Pledge to raise $1,000 and you’ll get free race entry and race day transport, a KidsCan running tee and more! Register here.