Local running legend Randy Ellis sets new endurance record

Randy Ellis wanted to celebrate the moment by honoring his father who passed away about four years ago, so he made sure he was wearing his dad’s lucky shirt when he broke the record. The Sapulpa resident, who is 71, set a new national benchmark for most miles run in a six-day span.

Competing at the Six Days in the Dome race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last week, Ellis completed 380-plus miles in 144 hours, shattering the previous mark for runners over 70.

“I was going for the American record for 70-and-over runners, the record was 345 miles, so that is what I’ve been training for and gunning for,” said Ellis, who grew up in Sapulpa and still lives here. “The race went really well and I ended up getting 380 miles. You’ve got six days inside the dome – it’s a speed-skating dome that they put a three-lane track on the outside, around the hockey rinks, and you’ve got six days to go as you want, when you want, stop when you want, to see how many miles you can…

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