A small, but vocal crowd of soldiers gathered at Ching Field on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus at 0600 hours Monday.
They were there to watch Army 1st Lt. Ashley Sorensen of the 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion in her attempt to break the world record for the fastest female one-mile run while wearing a fully functional EOD bomb disposal suit.
“Obviously, you can’t run in a bomb suit every day. It’s about 80 pounds, so I try to run it about once a week anywhere from a half-a-mile to three-and-a-half miles,” Lt. Sorensen said.
Based on practice times, Lt. Sorensen was expected to smash the record of 13 minutes and 14 seconds.
“Just try to get used to being in the suit and being able to run with weight around your legs and weight heavy on your chest,” Lt. Sorensen said.
Army personnel documented the attempt, which was captured live on Wake up 2day.
“You feel heavy. You feel tired. That’s pretty much what it’s like to run in a bomb suit. Those last three laps you just feel heavy and tired, and you’re just trying to push through it and finish,” Lt. Sorensen said.
Lt. Sorensen shattered the mark by more than two minutes with a time of 11 minutes and 6 seconds.
The evidence will now be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for formal validation.
“I’m pretty excited. I’m still a little bit in shock that I just broke a Guinness Book of World Record, but it’s pretty cool and I really appreciate everyone who came out to support me. A great day,” Lt. Sorensen said.