David Babcock, a college professor at University of Central Missouri, has set the Guinness scarf-knitting-while-running-a-marathon record. According to an Oct. 21 report on the Kansas City Star, the record is based on the length of the scarf knitted, and Babcock's creation measured 12 feet, 1 3/4 inches long.
An instructor in the field of graphic design, Babcock chose the striking colors of red, orange and purple which he executed in garter stitch (all knit stitches with no pearl stitches). His scarf was 30 stitches wide on size 15 needles. That is not a skinny little scarf.
Babcock completed this scarf and the KC Marathon in 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 27 seconds. That is some pretty quick knitting! The former world record holder, Susie Hewer, had knitted a 6 foot, 9 inch scarf in London in April, breaking her own previous 2008 record.
There should probably be a warning inserted here that you should try this at home. Knitting needles, even the thick size 15 needles, are sharp. Babcock admits to falling only once while running and knitting after he hit a pothole.