Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Amish Man Runs Marathon in Traditional Slacks and Suspenders

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Amish Man Runs Marathon in Traditional Slacks and Suspenders

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - An Amish man turned heads as he whizzed by fellow runners at a recent marathon - not because of his speed but because of his unusual racing attire. Twenty-two-year-old Leroy Stolzfus finished the 26.2-mile Harrisburg Marathon on Nov. 8 in just over three hours and five minutes, all while wearing his community's traditional clothing, Pennlive.com reported.

Stolzfus said he's used to running in slacks and suspenders, and he believes he would have run closer to a three-hour marathon if he hadn't started out so fast.

"I was feeling good, but I kind of almost crashed at mile 15, Stolzfus said.

His clothes were not a factor, the Gordonville resident insists, and he did wear sneakers.

"I had no pain whatsoever, Stolzfus said. "It was more mental anguish than in my legs. You have to train yourself not to think about it. …

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