World Record Attempt on Crutches

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- Running and completing a 5k is a proud accomplishment.

It's 3.1 miles of hard work, which requires a great deal of preparation.

When Heath Geil-Haggerty decided to do one, it didn't look like it would present a real challenge for the Laramie, WY resident.

Afterall, Geil-Haggerty is on the Laramie High School cross country and track and field teams, he's a runner.

These aren't ordinary circumstances for Geil-Haggerty though, he suffered a stress fracture in his right foot, and then just before it healed broke his foot again in a mountain biking accident.

"Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records"
-William Arthur Ward

Not one to stay down and certainly not one to break, Geil-Haggerty set out to break records.

On August 9, at the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure in Cheyenne, Geil-Haggerty began an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest 5k completed, on crutches.

The previous record of 1:04:50 never stood a chance.

Geil-Haggerty broke the record by more than 18 minutes, crutching his way across the finish line in 46:47.8

Geil-Haggerty's father Bern followed him the entire race and video taped the effort.

The tape and a 25 page notarized document has been sent in to Guinness. The document even includes a sworn statement from the race director saying Geil-Haggerty's time is legit.

These applications take a few weeks to process but before too long, Wyoming may be home to a world record holder.


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