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Lanxess backs ultramarathoner

August 7, 2006 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 84, ISSUE 32

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Schwerk ran the equivalent of three marathons a day for 41 days.
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Credit: Lanxess
Schwerk ran the equivalent of three marathons a day for 41 days.

With the help of Lanxess products, German runner Wolfgang Schwerk has won the Mega Marathon, one of the world's toughest sporting events. The race, around a single apartment block in Queens, New York City, ended late last month after 41 days, cut short because of high heat. The winning distance: 3,100 miles. Schwerk's running shoes were made with Lanxess' Krynac rubber, while his clothing was infused with the firm's Tastex Cool-Ex, a plant extract said to provide a cooling effect when damp.

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