Joe's Sister-in-Law, Running in Space
Joe Williams' sister-in-law, Suni Williams, is an astronaut who will run the Boston Marathon aboard the international space station. He shared these photos of her training, tethered down to her equipment.
CNN also just ran an article about Suni's training and running the Boston Marathon.
"Zooming through low-Earth orbit at 17,500 mph, Suni Williams completes the standard marathon distance every 5.4 seconds.
But for next month's Boston Marathon, the U.S. Navy commander will run the equivalent distance on a treadmill -- 210 miles (338 kilometers) above Earth in the international space station, and tethered to her track by bungee cords so she does not float away.
"She thought it would be cool if she gave it a try," said Williams' sister, Dina Pandya, who will run the race the traditional way with almost 24,000 other runners. "She said, 'I'll call you on Heartbreak Hill.' "
"The Boston Marathon is the pinnacle achievement for most runners," BAA spokesman Jack Fleming said. "For Suni to choose to run the 26.2 miles [42.2 kilometers] in space on Patriots Day is really a tribute to the thousands of marathoners who are running here on Earth. She is pioneering a new frontier in running and in sports with her run, which will truly be out of this world."
Congratulations, Suni! We are all inspired by your endeavor and wish you the best! Thanks for sharing this with us, Joe!