Forget the space walk, try a space run

Suni Williams, one of NASA’s many astronauts not charged with attempted kidnapping, will compete in next month’s Boston Marathon, even though she’ll be aboard a space station 210 miles above Earth. She’ll run the 26.2 miles on a treadmill, presumably in less bulky clothing than shown here. No word yet on which of the race’s 18 official sponsors will attempt sign her up. I vote for PowerBar—its name has that Jetsons retro-future ring to it. (Anyone know the brand of the treadmill? That would be a no-brainer.) If nothing else, Williams is sure to fare better than Rosie Ruiz, who took the subway in 1980 and finished in 2:31.56. Traveling at 17,500 mph aboard a satellite, Williams should complete the course in about 5.4 seconds.

—Posted by David Gianatasio