Those crazy kids from the Band of 10,000 Aches running club are staging the second annual Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday, January 14th. The marathon will be 150 laps on the 282 meter upstairs running track in the Tostrud Field House.
There are various reasons for doing a marathon on a 282 meter track and most of them are covered in this PiPress story by Richard Chin.
The biggest perk is that you get your own member of the St. Olaf College women's track and field team to count your laps and cheer you on. Proceeds from the race benefit the team.
The course record is 3:07:50 by Randy Peterson in last year's inaugural race. The women's course record has not been established. Unfortunately, the IAAF and USATF don't seem to recognize the indoor marathon for record purposes.
A quick Google search located few hits for other indoor marathons. However, some fast times were recorded at the LGA Indoor Marathon in Nuremberg, Germany, on October 30th of last year. Hannes Schmidt won in 2:56, while Elke Streicher ran 3:46 to lead the women.