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Runner Sets Half Marathon World Record After Running, Winning Race in Dress Shoes

We’ve seen runners race in business suits, but we haven’t seen them toe the line in dress shoes. Until now.

Juris Silenieks, 23, won Sunday’s Hotlanta Half Marathon in 1:17:05 while wearing a pair of dress shoes. That’s a blazing 5:53 mile pace.

Pending review from the Guinness World Records, he ran the fastest half marathon in dress shoes.

Silenieks is a recent Syracuse University graduate and obviously not suited up and sitting behind a desk. He runs for Wolf & Shepherd, a company that makes dress shoes that are “designed with comfort and technology” so that men can “dress to perform.” The business was started by Justin Schneider, a former decathlete at Notre Dame, who used to design footwear for Adidas.

The Honey Cap Toe shoes that Silenieks triple knotted and wore in the race sell for $345.

Silenieks ran for his school’s cross country and track teams, and once ran a 4 minute, 14 second mile.


Kim Constantinesco

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As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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