K.C. Marathon runner sets knitting record

  • Updated: October 21, 2013 - 6:50 PM

David Babcock multi-tasked on Saturday as he ran along Brookside Boulevard in Kansas City.

Photo: Jim Barcus • Kansas City Star, special to the Star Tribune,

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– A University of Central Missouri graphic design professor has knitted his way into the record books while running the Kansas City Marathon.

David Babcock finished the marathon in five hours, 48 minutes and 27 seconds. Knitting experts measured the red, purple and orange scarf he created along the route at just more than 12 feet long. The Guinness scarf-knitting-while-running-a-marathon record was previously held by Susie Hewer, who runs to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research. She knitted a 6-foot, 9-inch scarf at the London Marathon in April.

Like Hewer, the 41-year-old Babcock hopes that people will donate to the Alzheimer’s Association. Babcock began running and knitting as separate activities about three years ago. He decided to combine them to keep things interesting. And no, he said, he didn’t worry about putting his eye out.

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