‘We need to stay at home’: Runner completes balcony marathon during coronavirus confinement

A runner has completed a marathon on his seven-metre balcony to show its possible to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Elisha Nochomovitz said he was inspired to tackle the 26.2-mile challenge by medics working in these challenging times, who he describes as the “real everyday heroes”.

Fuelled by M&Ms, Elisha completed the marathon in six hours and 48 minutes, battling through nausea along the way.

“If everyone thinks the same way and does the same thing, we will all find ourselves outside and that won’t help anything,” he told the Associated Press from his apartment in Balma, Toulouse.

Elisha had been training for a marathon, so wanted to prove his legs could still make the distance, and he managed keep his mind occupied.

“I thought about many things, what’s going to happen, when I see that the world has stopped, sports, economy, finance,” he added. “We learned in history about wars between nations, men and weapons, but this is something that is beyond us.

“[This] was about launching a bit of a crazy challenge and bringing a bit of humour, to de-dramatise the confinement situation.”

 

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