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Australian man runs 13 miles on treadmill while in hot air balloon (video)

May 19, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

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This post might bring a whole new meaning to the term “running on air”. An Australian marathon runner by the name of Rob Ginnivan decided to take his running to new heights as he ran thirteen miles on a treadmill (powered by a generator) that was placed in a hot air balloon.

Ginnivan hired the balloon to fly over the Australian capital of Canberra as part of his attempt to run on land/sea/and air for charitable proceeds that would go to the Heart Foundation.

During his trip, Rob ran for three hours and as you may figure, running on a treadmill in a hot air balloon isn’t exactly the easiest task in the world:

“Every time I took a step, the basket would sway from left to right so I kind of had this sea-type motion being in the air. It was quite bizarre and made it very difficult,” Ginnivan said.

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So far, Rob has raised $92,000 for the foundation and his next run won’t have to be up in the air.

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