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An Incredible Endurance World Record Was Set – And You Probably Never Heard About It

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Written by Charlie

Recently, there was an incredible 24 hour running world record broken. You may not have heard about it but it has to be one of the most amazing endurance records around!

Last week, there was a 24 hour race on a track in Poland. 24 hour races are fairly common in the ultramarathon world but this one was very special because of something one man, Alemsandr Sorokin, did in one full day of running. You may not have heard about it but it is one of the truly incredible endurance records in the world.

A New 24 Hour Running World Record

Aleksandr Sorokin – New Ultra Running Champion – Again

His Previous World Records

Aleksandr Sorokin is from Lithuania (as someone who is part Lithuanian, that is great news for me!) and a 39 year old runner. He already set two world records in running earlier this year, the fastest 100 miles and the most miles run in 12 hours. He did both of those records at a single event, running the 100 miles in 11 hours, 14 minutes, and 56 seconds. With 45 minutes and 4 seconds left, he kept on going to secure the 12 hour record with 105.825 miles in that time. Curious what that breaks down to per mile? 6 minutes and 48 seconds per mile, average, for 12 hours!

Chasing the 24 Hour World Record

So, Aleksandr already has some pretty serious running potential as he approached the 24 hour world record. The previous 24 hour world record has been in place for 24 years, set by Greek ultra running legend, Yiannis Kouros. That record was 188.52 miles in 24 hours.

What It Takes to Run for 24 Hours

As someone who has attempted a 24 hour run, I can tell you that there are plenty of things that can go wrong. You have to consider weather, precipitation, clouds, etc but also body things like the digestion system and how it handles itself throughout an entire day. During one 24 hour event, the humidity started wreaking havoc on my guts around mile 60 and eventually caused me to drop.

You also have things like your feet and muscles and a final barrier in the way is the human mind. It is difficult to not think in terms of distance (so, the faster you run, the sooner you finish) but to think in terms of time. Trust me, there are a lot of highs and lows over a period of 24 hours, especially as you get physically tired and want to sleep!

Remember, Aleksandr was not just trying to run for 24 hours – he had to keep going at a good speed to break this record. And, break the record he did! He ran 192.25 miles in 24 hours! So, what does that translate to in pace? He ran a 7 minute and 29 second per mile pace, average for 24 hours! If you don’t know how fast that is, go outside with your smartwatch or smartphone and download a running app with GPS. Once it is ready to go, go try to run a 7:30 mile.

That is very fast! My best marathon distance (26.2 miles) comes out to a 7:59 pace per mile – he went 30 seconds faster than that per mile and for an additional 170 miles than I did! Mind blown!

You can read more about Aleksandr in this Runner’s World article here. Congratulations to Aleksandr and I really hope he picks up one or more sponsors to continue chasing these records!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.


  • That’s amazing!!! He most likely didn’t even walk during those 24 hours and simply ran the entire time. Wow. Kudos to him!

    • I know! I cannot even imagine the mental toughness of chasing such a pace and knowing what you need to do and to do it for 24 hours! Just stunning!