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9 Horrible Running Outfits That Prove You Don't Need Sports Gear to Run a Marathon

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    The Utah family who ran an Indiana mini-marathon in Crocs

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    In 2017, several members of a Utah family posted impressive finishes at a marathon in Indiana despite wearing plastic clogs instead of traditional running shoes.

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    he Mexican Tarahumara woman who won an ultramarathon in sandals and a skirt

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    A 22-year-old indigenous woman from Mexico came in first place during a 50km ultra marathon, defeating 500 other runners. While her fellow marathoners wore running shoes, María Lorena Ramírez, who is Tarahumara, ran the full 31 miles in huarache sandals. What's more—her sandals were made of recycled tire rubber.

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    The mother of five who ran an entire marathon wearing high heels

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    In 2014, Natalie Eckert—a mother of five—attempted a Guinness World Record for completing the fastest marathon in high heels. The then-37-year-old was inspired by a similar accomplishment by Germany's Julia Plecher, who ran a 100-meter-dash in 14.531 seconds in high heels.

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    The London Marathon runners who wore 22-pound rhino suits the during race

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    It's hard enough running 26.2 miles, but going the whole way in a 22-pound rhino costume is another beast entirely. That's just what 15 competitors running for Save The Rhino did in 2013 to raise awareness and money for the charity. The fastest runner clocked in at just under 5 hours

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    The man who ran a half marathon barefoot at -20°C

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    Wim Hof is a Dutch daredevil, commonly nicknamed "The Iceman" for his ability to withstand extreme cold, which he attributes to exposure, meditation, and breathing techniques. In 2009, Hof completed a full marathon above the arctic circle in Finland, in temperatures close to -20 °C (-4 °F). Dressed in nothing but shorts, Hof finished in 5 hours and 25 minutes.

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    The man who ran a marathon wearing firefighting gear

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    Another runner who is not afraid of adding a few extra pounds to his frame is Steve Bender, a volunteer firefighter, who ran the Philadelphia marathon in full gear in 2015. "It's much harder," Bender said, explaining that it also adds about two hours to his finish time.

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    The runner dressed as Elvis who won the Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

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    A 42-year-old runner dressed as Elvis won the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in November 2016, setting a record for the fastest marathon run by someone dressed as "The King."

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    The man who ran a marathon wearing a suit as a marketing stunt

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    Gihan Amarasiriwardena runs an apparel company, Ministry of Supply. He introduced the suit known as the "Aviator II," to the market in 2016, and decided to test it by running a half-marathon in it.

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    he woman who ran the London Marathon on her period without a tampon

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    The night before she was set to run her very first London marathon (2015), Kiran Gandhi got her period. After a year of training, she refused to miss the important moment because of biology. She had two choices—she could run the 26.2 miles with a tampon, or she could bleed freely. She chose the latter.