Tennessee woman sets world record for running marathon in high heels

Daniel Uria

Well world, I DID IT. I'm still in shock, but it really happened. I ran a marathon today in high heels and set a Guinness World Record and got it with two minutes to spare! HUGE thank you to my pacers/bag and shoe carriers Zach Cowart and Susanna Kirby for sticking out the whole thing with me, you two are saints. Thanks to Tommy Norton for rushing to bring more GoPros, Brittany Schield for bringing a memory card, then running with me, I could NOT have run as "fast" as I did without you. Thanks Chattanooga Police Department for staying on my butt with your lights and making me run the Dam literally as fast as I could because time was running out. Thanks to the weather for cooperating and giving us shade even though I still got sunburnt 😂 Thank you to all my friends for showing up and cheered me in!! Thank you to everyone else who texted, called waved to me on the course (sorry for the traffic jam we caused) and cheered from afar. Jay Nevans you put on an AWESOME race, as always and I love the medal. What a day for the books.. get it? 😂👠🏃🏼‍♀️👏🏻#marathon #26point2 #guinnessworldrecordholder #guinnessworldrecordfamily

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Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A retired professional ballroom dancer in Tennessee set a world record by running an entire marathon in high heels.

Irene Sewell shared photos of herself following the Guinness World Record-breaking performance as she managed to complete the 26.2-mile race in the high-heeled shoes.


"Well world, I DID IT. I'm still in shock, but it really happened," she wrote this week. "I ran a marathon today in high heels and set a Guinness World Record with two minutes to spare!"

Sewell told WSMV she was inspired by the story of a British woman's quest to become the world's fastest marathon runner in heels.

"She ultimately didn't get the record. So, I was just reading about her and I thought man, with my dancing background and now running background," she said.

Sewell brought six pairs of the 3-inch stilettos ranging from size seven and a half to nine along with blister band-aids, in-soles and calf sleeves.

To top the previous record Sewell was required to complete the race in under seven and a half hours equaling a 17-minute mile pace.

"That's kind of the moment that I run for," Sewell said.


Sewell's experience as a ballroom dancer made her comfortable moving in high heels, but her podiatrist advised against training in the dress shoes.

She instead opted for "normal training for a marathon, and then throw in the high heels every now and then."

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