Most Impressive Feat in Sports History: Guy Runs Marathon Without Training

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIMarch 19, 2012

A couple of days ago, my friend casually mentioned to me that he had heard of a radio personality running a marathon without any training whatsoever. I brushed it off and assumed that he was just joking around. However, when I decided to do some research, I came across this article

For a little background on what went down, here's a quick summary. A radio personality from the Bobby Bones show on Kiss FM nicknamed "Lunchbox" was covering a marathon a few weeks ago and saw old and fat people completing the marathon, so he figured he could do it too. 

The catch is, he's just an average guy and had done absolutely zero training that a normal person would perceive as necessary to complete the holy grail of cardiovascular endurance that is the marathon. (Well, the Iron Man is probably more impressive but you get the point). 

Anyway, Lunchbox heckled these old and fat people and they challenged him to do the marathon and he accepted. His journey to complete the marathon is chronicled in this video. Incredibly, Lunchbox completed the marathon in 4 hours and 23 minutes, a respectable time even for someone who had been training for a marathon. 

Lunchbox even ran a one mile victory lap afterward, bringing his grand total to 27.2 miles for the day. 

Now, a few months back a good friend of mine ran the NYC marathon in 3 hours and 45 minutes. This kid trained for about eight months and at the time was one of the most physically fit people I know. 

I was insanely impressed when my friend ran the marathon, and that was WITH eight months of hard training. To express how impressed I am with Lunchbox's achievement can't be done in words; it's incredible. 

I'm ready to declare this the most impressive feat I've ever seen in sports, and I actually mean that. 

For an average guy to complete a marathon with no training on a dare, and do so at a competitive pace is absolutely, undoubtedly amazing. Lunchbox is a phenom and should go down in the history books for what he accomplished.  

So, Lunchbox, I salute you. Hopefully this event will gain some momentum and become a national news story, because unlike most of the things covered widely by today's media, it deserves our attention.