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Kelly Gneiting hauls his 430 pounds to LA Marathon finish line

Mar 21, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT


Kelly Gneiting, a 430-pound sumo wrestler and longhaul truck driver, entered the Guinness Book of World Records on Sunday as the heaviest person to ever finish a marathon, finishing the Los Angeles Marathon in 11 hours, 52 minutes, and 11 seconds. Impressive, I suppose. But you may scratch your head when you read the the following quote:

After jogging the first 8 miles, he walked the final 18. According to Fox Sports he claims he was delirious from mile 10 onward.

What fun!

But taking half a day to finish a marathon, and walking the great majority of it, is not really a sports accomplishment, is it? It’s just kind of a long walk to the store. The bigger accomplishment would be losing 200 pounds and then running the marathon. But there I go being cynical again. Actually, since Gneiting is the size of two people, you could say that each of him finished in 5 hours, 26 minutes, 5 seconds. That sounds better.

Kelly Gneiting, Heaviest Man To Finish A Marathon Ever [Huffington Post]

  1. Juliana Wathen - Mar 25, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    I am, well, just sick over your comments. Had this ATHELETE been in a wheel chair , or 90 yrs old or on fake legs, deaf and blind you would have applauded his heroism, his drive and determination. His dedication to take on more than he was thought capable of would have made the evening news. I always have said the only two people that ever get recognition at a marathon or the winner and the guy who takes the longest to hit the finish line.
    This IS a sports accomplishment. Better yet it is a HUMAN accomplishment. I think he ROCKS for daring to put himself out there. When will modern day media get off the FAT WAGON and start seeing people for WHO they are.
    The “BIGGER ACCOMPLISHMENT” is not to lose weight first and then live your life. It is to take the first step to living your life OUTLOUD and being happy.

    A man born without a right leg won the NCAA wrestling championship. Did anybody write an article about how HE should have stayed on the couch? NO – he was applauded for his efforts and achievements.

    Try riding the HUMANITY TRAIN Rick…It’s a much smoother ride!

  2. Bronwen - Mar 27, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    How many marathons have you entered, much less finished? He’s entered, and finished 2. 2!! And he improved his time in his second marathon by 2 hours.

    How dare you belittle his accomplishment? How dare you think you can be snide and condescending?

    If it’s just a long walk to the store (as you try to make it out as) why aren’t more people entering, and finishing, marathons. Why don’t you?

    Fat haters and discriminators like to use the fact that “they are fat, so they OBVIOUSLY don’t do anything, lazy good for nothings, who eat like pigs!” Then when they (or you in this case, Rick) see that yes, fat people ARE active, DO lead healthy lives which include regular exercise (because, besides the fact that one does not simply complete two marathons without regular exercise to get in shape for it, he is also a sumo wrestler, which is, in fact, a legitimate sport), then you say, “Oh! You should lose weight before you do any exercise!” Can you say hypocritical?

  3. faycinacroud - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    How dare you belittle this man’s accomplishment, you self-righteous prig! He should be congratulated on his efforts, not have snide jerks in the guise of reporters sneering about how he “hauled” his 430 pounds over the finish line. Gee, what a clever headline–did you spend four years in journalism school to learn how to write that junior high level drivel?
    Fat people are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they don’t exercise, they are lazy tubs of lard. If they do, it’s laughable and pathetic and they should stay inside where sizeist jerks won’t have to be offended by the sight of them.
    I say that Mr. Gneiting is a bigger, better person than you in every sense of the word. Grow up!

  4. pdxWoman - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I can’t say it any better than Bronwen and Faycinacroud, so I’ll just say “Ditto, you arrogant, rude, jerk.”

  5. pdxWoman - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Almost 23,000 people started the LA Marathon. Just under 19,000 finished it. FOUR THOUSAND people failed to finish! This man stuck it out. Instead of applauding him for his commitment, you belittle him? You take quotes out of context? What he said was that he was delirious to the point of not knowing how far he’d gone at that point, not that he was delirious and out of his head (as your quote implies).