גזאצ'ו פנטה
Gazcho Fanta running in his living room
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Gazcho Fanta running in his living room

Israeli champion runs marathon in living room amid coronavirus

Gazcho Fanta says the idea came to him while pondering how he would continue his training regime under a lockdown enforced to fight COVID-19 spread; adds he was not satisfied with end time, promising to improve

Oran Aharoni |
Published: 03.25.20 , 16:56
The latest restrictions put in place by the government to fight coronavirus put Israel's athletes in a desperate situation, causing some to come up with creative solutions to maintain their training regime.
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  • Israeli marathon runner Gazcho Fanta took those efforts to the extreme by deciding to run the 42 km (26 miles) race in his living room.
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    Gazcho Fanta running in his living room
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    Fanta, who holds the Israeli record for the 50 km run (31 miles), completed the marathon while running from one side of his 7.90-meter living room to the other
    He completed the feat in 3:50:14 hours and it took the runner some 5,349 laps around the room, at an average pace of 5:27 minutes per kilometer, to finish the task.
    (Gazcho Fanta running a marathon in his home )


    "It was quite a challenge," said Fanta after finishing his run. "I wanted to show people that even if you can't run outside, you can still do it at home ... it's all in your head.
    "The first 20 km were crazy hard, but I know I had to do it and after a while, got used to the furniture and the walls. What helped was that I had music playing in the background. I was starting to hallucinate, but I knew I had a goal. There were moments I told myself 'why am I doing this?'"
    Fanta said the idea came to him while running outside. He wondered what it would be like to run a marathon while you're under lockdown, which has been partially imposed in Israel as a measure to fight the health crisis.
    He said a video he saw online of a man who ran a marathon on his porch, gave him the inspiration.
    He added, however, he was not satisfied with his result. "At the marathon in Berlin, I crossed the finish line after 2:20:16 hours," he said. "If the lockdown continues, I'm going to need to do this again to improve my time."

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