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Flame on! Real life Human Torch runs 645 feet while on fire

Joe Todtling lit himself on fire and ran 645 feet to break Ted Batchelor's record of running 531.5 feet while on fire.

By Ben Hooper

PASSAIL, Austria, March 23 (UPI) -- An Austrian stunt man ran 645 feet while on fire to break the world record for longest distance run during a full body burn.

Joe Todtling donned flame-resistant Nomex clothing and fire gel Friday in his hometown of Passail before igniting himself and running 645 feet with a team of local firefighters following closely in case of mishap.

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Todtling, a professional movie stunt man known locally as Seppe, smashed U.S. daredevil Ted Batchelor's previous record of 531.5 feet while an audience of about 1,500 fans watched the feat.

Todtling, whose wife and children were present at the event, said he is planning to take on further full body burn records including being pulled by a horse, a quad bike and a small motor vehicle. He said the records will be attempted in Teichalm in June.

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