Chicago Marathon 2012 Results: Putting an Incredible New Record into Perspective

Zachary ArthurCorrespondent IIOctober 9, 2012

Tsegaye Kebede set the Chicago Marothan record with a time of 2:04:38
Tsegaye Kebede set the Chicago Marothan record with a time of 2:04:38David Banks/Getty Images

Tsegaye Kebede set a Chicago Marathon men's record with a time of 2:04:38. That kind of time is simply incredible and should be applauded.

Kebede now sits at No. 12 in all-time fastest marathons raced. He's also at No. 1 in "how crazy is it that there have been 11 people who have run faster than him," but that's not the point.

For now, Kebede is the king of the Chicago Marathon and should be rewarded with a breakdown of how incredible his record time really is.


Unbelievable Pace

For those who don't know, a marathon is a 26.2-mile race that tests everything from endurance to how sane a person actually is.

If you think I'm joking, then take a look at the countless forums that discuss how long people have to train for them to even have an opportunity at finishing the whole race.

Marathons are no joke.

Well, they actually might be for Kebede, who put up a ridiculous time and even more impressive pace.

He averaged a time of 4:46 per mile, meaning that he maintained that speed for the whole race.

That is superhero-like and just straight-up impressive.


Comparing the New Record to Basketball

If his running pace doesn't scream out the word "amazing" to you, then let's talk about how his time compares with basketball did a study on how far a player runs in a basketball game. The results aren't 100 percent set for every game, but they give a good understanding on the average distance run:

"At DeMatha, our top 6 players average playing 22-28 minutes per is safe to say that our top 6 players run between 4 to 6 miles each and every game."

Let's just say that those players are running six miles at 22 minutes per game, the most extreme numbers on both sides of the scale. It would still mean that they would knock out a marathon in about 96 minutes or a little over an hour and a half.

At first glance it shows that they are faster than the Chicago Marathon's new recordholder right?

The problem is that you're not factoring in a 15-minute halftime, six timeouts a game and other countless dead balls and breaks.

Kebede set the record without ever taking a break. That's saying something.


Congratulations to Tsegaye Kebede

When it's broken down, Kebede's record time is one of the more impressive athletic feats and should be viewed as such.

A time like his will be hard to come by for quite some time, so let's give him some praise and congratulate him.

He put on quite the show.