Backward Run

Miami grad sets record in 800-meter backward run

A Miami University graduate claims to have set a world record in the 800-meter run -- doing it backward. With two coaches timing him with stopwatches, 23-year-old Brian Godsey completed the backward run on the university track in Oxford in two minutes, 50 and five-tenths seconds. According to The Book of Alternative Records, that beats the record of two minutes, 57 and four-tenths seconds set by Stefano Morseli of Italy in 1995. Godsey had to have two witnesses who must submit forms to The Book of Alternative Records, along with other means of documentation. Godsey, who graduated last December, spent four years on Miami's cross country and track teams. Running backward works the muscles differently and Godsey said he would run backward to help prevent injuries.