While runners, traditionally, have been loathe to swap the outdoors for pounding on a treadmill, a new machine might be of interest. Chilean designers Oxford Fitness have designed a gargantuan treadmill that is capable of holding up to 10 runners and measures five meters high, three meters wide and six meters long.
This weekend sees the treadmill face its first proper test-drive when it hosts a duo of two-hour races in Santiago. The opening race will test the stamina of the competitors with a two hour run, set at a tempo of 6 miles per hour.
For the second race, runners will face a more challenging test, with the speed of the treadmill increasing in increments of just over half a mile per hour all the way up to roughly 10 miles per hour. The last running remaining on the treadmill will be declared the winner.
After the competition, Oxford Fitness is hoping to attract Erwin Valdebenito, the current Guinness World Record holder for running 24 hours on a treadmill, to an event in the future. A promo video is available to view below