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417-Pound Man, Cheerleaders Attempt LA Marathon Records

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Barefoot runner Julian Romero of Pasadena, CA runs a 2:56:45, LA Marathon 2010 | Photo by kjdrill via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
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Two Guinness World Records attempts will be made at the March 20 Los Angeles Marathon: 1) The heaviest person to complete a marathon, and 2) The largest ever cheerleading dance.

Kelly Gneiting, a 417-pound statistician from Ft. Defiance, AZ and three-time United States sumo champion will be making the cause for heaviest marathon finisher, reports the Daily Breeze. Gneiting was not credited with the record in 2008 after completing the marathon in 11 hours, 52 minutes, and 11 seconds, because he did not follow Guinness requirements about filmed weigh-ins immediately before and immediately after the race. The current record holder is maxed out at 275 pounds.

The 40-year-old Gneiting reports that he trains every day including a six-mile jog on Saturdays and walks a mile-and-a-half each way to his job. He expects to complete the 26-mile race in nine to 11 hours, jogging half and walking the rest.