Tennessee woman sets world record for running marathon in high heels

By Daniel Uria

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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