Kansas City Marathon runner knitted his way into the record books according to ABCNews.com on October 21, 2013. David Babcock is a University of Central Missouri graphic design professor and finished the marathon in 5 hours, 48 minutes and 27 seconds. Knitting experts measured the scarf he created along the route at just more than 12 feet long.
The Guinness scarf-knitting-while-running-a-marathon record was previously held by Susie Hewer, who runs to raise money for Alzheimer's disease research. She knitted a 6 foot, 9 inch scarf at the London Marathon in April.
Babcock’s twelve feet, 13/4 inch long scarf, was measured by knitting experts Cindy Craig of Kansas City and Traci Bunkers of Lawrence and by Jim Josten, president of an accredited instrument and gauge calibration service who will verify to Guinness the authenticity of Babcock’s accomplishment.
Babcock began running and knitting as separate activities about three years ago. He decided to combine them to keep things interesting. Except for one fall early in his knitting-while-running career, when he didn’t notice a pothole, Babcock hasn’t had any mishaps running with needles.
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