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Sunday, February 16, 2014

No One Has Ever Done It…Yet

Alexandre Reinert gave it his best shot in trying to join the Sub 3 Squared Marathon Club during the Cold Standard in Hong Kong.

Five athletes did a 10 km marathon swim followed by the 42 km run, trying to do both under 3 hours.

Chris Molnar, Alexandre Reinert and Henry Wright from Hong Kong, together with Chad Bishop from Singapore and Tobias Frenz from Malaysia, made the attempt. Wright, a swim teacher, did a 2:57 for his swim, but just missed the standard with a 3:05 marathon run. Reinert, a trader, ran a 2:59:52 - only 7 seconds under the sub-3 mark on the marathon run, but was 20 minutes over in the swim although he swam with a wetsuit.

But he quintet not only swam in cold, rough water, but they also swam an extra 5 km during the Cold Half on Day One (Wright did a 4:28:43 for the 15 km marathon swim, followed by Bishop in 4:57:50, Reinert in 4:58:41 and Frenz in 6:08:30. Molnar pulled out at the halfway point).

Wright was on target during the run until 25 kilometers, but then "my ankle just exploded. I was limping at the finish. It was tough, it's like an endless highway - you keep thinking you'll hit the [Western Harbour] Tunnel and be close to the finish, but you don't."

But the athletes know their first attempt was a tough challenge. "The marathon run was really hilly, particularly coming out of the [Western] tunnel." They will have another attempt during the [warm-water] Clean Half during the summer. Wright says, "No one's ever done it, so we'd be the first people to do it."

Photo of Alexandre Reinert by Rachel Jacqueline.

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