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Wisconsin runner breaks 100-mile world record in just over 11 hours

Posted at 12:01 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 13:04:40-04

MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin man has set an impressive world record after spending some quality time running 100 miles on a local track.

Zach Bitter made the accomplishment Saturday during the Six Days in the Dome event at the Pettit National Ice Center. The athlete achieved the world record after running 363 times around the track in just over 11 hours at the Pettit, edging out the previous champion Oleg Kharitonov by about 11 minutes.

Bitter's official time came in at 11:19:13, beating his personal record of 11:40:55. Overall, the record breaking athlete maintained a roughly 6 minute per mile pace - for 100 miles.

“I was in the heart of Phoenix summers where it would get to like 100 degrees and was running for 3 to 3.5 hours and still hitting 6:30 paces,” Bitter said, according to Runner’s World. "I felt like I was in the best shape I’d ever been in.”

The "six days in the dome" event consists of 24, 48 hour and six-day running competitions. Bitter was entered in the 24-hour event.