Treadmill Half Marathon World Record Attempt
Here you’ll find all you need to know about Tyler Andrews’ WORLD RECORD attempt for the Treadmill Half Marathon and Fundraiser for STRIVE’s Peru projects. Check out the details and official updates below and stay tuned for lots more updates as the event approaches!
What? Ty will attempt to set the World Record for Treadmill Half Marathon
Where? The ProForm Fitness Booth at The Boston Marathon Expo, Boston, MA, USA
When? 10:30am. Sunday, April 19, 2015
Who? Pro Runner Tyler Andrews will be attempting the record – YOU can come out and support him and STRIVE’s educational projects!
Why? Ty will be raising money for STRIVE’s scholarships and projects in Peru. Learn more and donate here.
How? Read the “Ty’s Training” section of the blog to see how a professional runner prepares!
April 18 – LIVE VIDEO will be streamed via the Periscope App. Visit the @STRIVEtrips Twitter Page on Sunday morning for a link to watch via mobile or computer or search for @strivetrips on the Periscope app!
April 17 – Ty is in Boston! Appearing at the ProForm booth today beteen 3-4pm. Come watch him “test drive” the treadmill and say hi!
April 16 – Read the highlights from Ty’s Reddit.com AMA! Ty is getting ready to head to Boston.
April 14 – Ty’s Reddit Ask Me Anything interview is live! Click here to submit questions and read Ty’s responses.
April 13 – Ty will be answering questions on Reddit’s r/running section today! Stay tuned for a link.
April 12 – Ty finishes in the top 10 Americans at the ultra-competitive Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run, running 4’53/M, 3’02/km for the ~9.5M course.
April 10 – Reddit.com “Ask Me Anything” Interview is announced – scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 14. Stay tuned for more!
April 8 – Official Press Release is posted and released!
April 7 – Today’s the day that things become official (see announcement below)! Check out the announcement below and don’t forget to support the effort at YouCaring.com/STRIVE!
Official Press Release
(download as PDF)
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nic Windschill, Contact@STRIVEtrips.org
Tyler Andrews Ready to Topple Running World Record
Fresh from a year of running successes, Massachusetts’ HOKA ONE ONE sponsored runner Tyler Andrews is set to topple the Half Marathon Treadmill World Record. The irony? He’s the current record holder!
Andrews set the world record – which now stands at 1:07:18 – last March. But he now admits that that attempt was made just six weeks after being hit by a car while training at altitude in Ecuador. Though he bested the record by 11 seconds, Andrews says he struggled. Now, he says he’s REALLY ready to give the old record a run for its money.
His last year of running supports his optimism:
April 2014: Marathon debut at last year’s Boston Marathon, 29th place finish in 2:21:33.
May 2014: Won the Vermont City Marathon, in 2:20:27.
Dec. 2014: Qualified for the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials in 2:16:59.
March 2015: 2nd at the USA National 50km Championships
His upcoming World Record attempt will take place on April 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Boston Marathon Expo – which is open to the public. His effort is dedicated to the student service organization he co-founded: STRIVE. Any funds raised will go towards the STRIVE’s scholarship fund and on-the-ground projects in Peru.
Event Date: 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2015
Where: ProForm Exhibitor Area, Boston Marathon Expo,
John Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston, MA
What: Tyler Andrews attempts Treadmill Half Marathon World Record
For more information about STRIVE and the record attempt, visit www.strivetrips.org
To support Tyler and STRIVE’s projects, consider donating at www.youcaring.com/STRIVE
As this is first-and-foremost a fundraiser, we are open to any and all publicity. To contact the STRIVE team, including interest in interviews with Ty or coverage of the event, please email:
with the subject line “World Record Attempt”.
For more urgent contact questions, please call STRIVE at 917-310-4359.
About STRIVE and Fundraising Goals
STRIVE arranges international community service programs for high school and college students who have a passion for making a positive difference in the world. STRIVE programs work in rural Peru and Kenya, with a general focus on educational development and youth empowerment through athletics.
This particular fundraiser will be raising money for STRIVE’s on-the-ground projects in Peru in 2015. Mostly, this will go towards continuing development of The STRIVE Center – a community center funded by STRIVE with the goal of offering free academic and recreational programs to local children. Click here to learn more about The STRIVE Center, its mission, goals, and progress.
Please consider making a donation to support this effort at www.youcaring.com/STIRVE.
Tyler Andrews is an American professional long-distance runner sponsored by Hoka One One, co-director and ambassador for STRIVE, and occasional writer, speaker, and coach. Hailing from greater-Boston, Ty has lived and trained all over the Western Hemisphere – from frigid New England to the mountains of Peru to the busy capitol city of Quito, Ecuador before finally settling just outside of Washington, D.C.
As an athlete, Ty has progressed immensely from his roots as a high schooler, first competing in NCAA track and cross country for Tufts University, a four-time Academic All-American and seven-time All-Conference runner, before graduating and moving to South America to pursue athletics full time. His big move paid off, as his dedication earned him a sponsorship from Hoka One One after running 65 minutes for Half Marathon, 29 minutes for 10k, and making his debut at the Boston Marathon where he finished in the top 30 in 2:21. Since then, Ty improved his marathon time to 2:16 which ranked him in the top 25 in the US in 2014 and qualified him for the 2016 US Olympic Trials. He continues to support STRIVE through his running as well, including this World Record attempt and fundraiser.
However, Ty’s passions transcend his running career. He hopes to continue to work with STRIVE and use his knowledge and experience in athletics, travel, service, and life to motivate as many young people as possible.
Writings from Ty
Here, we’ll post pertinent writings from Ty’s lead-up to the Record Attempt. For MUCH more, visit the STRIVE Blog, where Ty posts his training and musings.
Official Announcement – “Take 2: More to Give”
Arlington, VA – Last March, I returned to my hometown of Boston, MA to attempt to set the World Record for fastest half marathon run on a treadmill and, in doing so, raise money and awareness for the charitable projects of STRIVE Trips. I was successful in both – breaking the world record by 11 seconds and raising over $9000 for STRIVE’s work.
Despite the success on paper, I left Boston feeling like I had more to give. The truth was, I had been struck by a hit-and run driver just a month before the event and knew that the injuries sustained in the accident would leave me less than 100% ready for the record attempt.
On the day of the attempt, I felt unprepared and terrified as I ran through the first of those daunting miles. But thanks to motivation of those who showed up to cheer me on and the many more who were supporting both me and STRIVE from afar, I survived those 13.1 miles and set the World Record.
But, this time, I want to do more than just survive.
I’ve been invited by ProForm Fitness to return to Boston this year and attempt to set my second World Record for Treadmill Half Marathon. The attempt will take place at the Boston Marathon Expo on at 10:30am on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Under the back-drop of the World’s Greatest Road Race, not only will I be trying to best my own World Record, I hope to raise even more for STRIVE’s scholarships and projects abroad.
I encourage you all to support my effort by donating online at www.youcaring.com/STRIVE and (for locals) by coming to the event.
Many thanks to ProForm, HOKA One One, and STRIVE Trips for their support of me and this event and to my many friends, family, and fans who are sharing this journey with me. I know that I can accomplish so much more thanks to all of your support and I only hope to make you all proud.
See you in Boston!