Attempting to be ‘officially amazing’

Hi, I’m Rob Lapensee and I’m going to attempt to set a Guinness World Record.

This fall, I will attempt to run the fastest half marathon dressed as a fruit. It’s all going down at the Niagara Falls International Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 15.

I’m super excited a world record is within reach for me, even if it does require a ridiculous outfit. The current record holder, Thomas Priest from the United Kingdom, ran a half marathon dressed as a banana in 1:20:37. I think the previous record holder ran as a banana as well.

I’m changing it up and making my Guinness World Record attempt dressed as grapes. Niagara is known for wineries and vineyards. I think running dressed as grapes will give my record attempt a distinct Niagara flavour. I ordered my costume online and it should arrive soon. Can’t wait to run in it. Hope it fits.

So, why am I doing this? My daughters are really into the Guinness World Record books and I thought they’d be excited to see their old man’s name listed with all the other people who have done ‘officially amazing’ feats.

I also want to make these miles mean more by helping the Niagara Falls International Marathon provide shoes for children who need them through the Fit it Forward program.  Make a donation and help me support the Niagara Falls International Marathon’s good work helping children to be healthy and active. $60 will buy a new pair of running shoes for one child. You can pledge as little as $5 using the Niagara Falls International Marathon’s online donation form (scroll to the bottom of the page to find it). Tag donations with GrapeRun2017 in the ‘Are you making this donation on behalf of someone or a particular project?’ box.

Plus, this is a great way for me inspire my girls – and everyone, really – to be healthy and active, follow their hearts and live their dreams.

That’s it for now. Gotta run,


Photo – Erin Clark Photo

  1. This is fantastic. Your girls and family will be so proud.


    1. Thanks Brett! We are all pretty excited about this. The girls have all sorts of ideas spinning off of this.


  2. […] The email I’ve been waiting months finally found its way to my inbox – I’m now a Guinness World Record holder. Last October I ran the half marathon at the Niagara Falls International Marathon in a grape costume in a bid to set the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon dressed as a grape. […]


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