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Sailor’s bid for pullup record ends in hospital

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AC2 Mike McCastle performs pullups July 26 at Fort Nugent Park in Oak Harbor, Washington. He came within 900 reps of the world record. (Photo courtesy AC2 McCastle)

AC2 Mike McCastle performs pullups July 26 at Fort Nugent Park in Oak Harbor, Washington. He came within 900 reps of the world record. (Photo courtesy AC2 McCastle)

Our friends over Navy Times’ Scoop Deck blog wrote this week about a sailor trying to best a SEAL’s 24-hour pullup record.

Spoiler alert, he didn’t.

Navy Times’ Meghann Myers writes:

A Washington-based sailor who made a run in late July at the Guinness world record for pullups held by a Navy SEAL ended up in the hospital, but says he plans to make another attempt once he recovers.

Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class (AW) Mike McCastle made it to 3,202 pullups on July 26, just 828 shy of the record, before health concerns forced him to head to the emergency room.

He lasted 19 1/2 of the allotted 24 hours, but still raised almost $10,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. As of July 31, he said, he had collected $9,600, with donations continuing to trickle in.

“The main goal was always to bring awareness, and to beat my fundraising goal for the Wounded Warrior Project,” McCastle said. “Obviously, I wish I would have reached the event goal, but I’m happy and very humbled by the support everyone’s given to me during the experience.”

Read the rest of Meghann’s story over on Scoop Deck.

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 32 ultramarathons -- including her first 100-miler. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .