Four-Hundred-Pound Arizona Blob Becomes Heaviest Man to Complete Marathon

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Kelly Gneiting
Most people who weigh 400-plus pounds can barely make their way from the couch to the refrigerator. Not Arizona-based sumo wrestler Kelly Gneiting, 40, who became the Guinness-certified "heaviest man to complete a marathon" over the weekend when he finished the LA Marathon yesterday.

Gneiting weighed in at an even 400 pounds when he started the race. When he finished -- 9 hours, 48 minutes, and 42 seconds later -- he weighed in at 396.2 pounds.

Gneiting ran for an impressive-for-a-fat-guy eight miles during the race, walking the remaining 18.


Gneiting finished the LA Marathon in 2008 in 11 hours and 52 minutes. However, he wasn't weighed before or after the race, so he wasn't credited with the record of "heaviest man to complete a marathon.

According to the Huffington Post, Gneiting won three sumo wrestling National Championships in the US between 2005 and 2007.  He competed in Japan in 2006, where he placed 5th place in the World Sumo Championship.

Despite his bulky build, Gneiting told the LA Times "I honestly think I'm one of the best athletes in the world."

We have a feeling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald might disagree, but Gneiting is certainly impressive -- as far as 400-pounders go.

See some video below.



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6 comments
Jessica Chamberlin
Jessica Chamberlin

Wow, good for him! Mind over matter is amazing! Running a marathon is definately no easy feat and with 400 lbs to lug around - what an inspiration. You don't need to run a marathon to get the benefits of physical activity. Start with a 10 minute walk everyday, or just increase what you already do. For simple tips that can easily be applied to your busy life check out this wonderful blog: http://blog.mydiscoverhealth.c...

Tenacyti4242
Tenacyti4242

blob? what idiot used that word to describe this incredible athlete? I certainly hope the writer never uses that word again in such an insensitive and derisive manner.

To: James King
To: James King

James,I'm sure you've received my correspondence from Saturday - Check for it, if you haven't seen it yet.I hope it will be useful today.Steve Tracy

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Just because Sumo wrestlers are big, it doesn't mean that they are out of shape blobs. I can't believe people haven't figured this one out yet. There is a ton of muscle under that skin, it's not Comic Book Guy we're talking about here.

Native Guns
Native Guns

Indeed that's quite impressive for a 400lbs "blob" like him. But at that same time--inspiring. If he can do it, I'm sure some other younger "blobs" can do it too.

~Johnny Young-Gun(formerly "White Man")

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