With the barefoot versus cushioned debate not set to disappear any time soon, an American teenager has chosen a more unorthodox type of footwear. Zach Miller from Maine, ran a mile wearing swim fins in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record.
Miller who has a best mile of 4:52 says the key to running fast in swim fins is lifting the feet higher. He completed the mile in 5 min 48 sec, beating the previous record of 7 min 56 sec set by fellow American Ashrita Furman at the Marswiese Sport Complex in Vienna in 2010.
The 18-year-old had considered running a mile backwards instead but decided using flippers would be easier. The record attempt is subject to a rigorous Guinness World Record authentication process.
Zach, who found the flippers in his parents' basement, says he has no plans to start running with them on a regular basis: "The pair of flippers I have gave me blisters. If I wanted to continue training with them, I’d have to find some new flippers."
Miller's performance follows Canadian James Nielsen's heroics in May when he set a new Beer Mile record (running a mile whilst drinking a beer at each 400m lap). This has led to many predicting a future world record attempt combining running in flippers whilst drinking beer.
You can view Zach's world record attempt by clicking on the YouTube video at the top of the page.