“It’s not how good you are – only how good you want to be.” So goes the mantra of Mark Sluszny, the Belgian-born extreme athlete who yesterday set a new world record for the longest vertical run. Like something out of a superhero movie, he suited up and literally ran more than 330 feet down the side of the Belgacom tower in Brussels. And he did it in 15.5 seconds, beating Swedish athlete Tony Berglund’s former world record of 19 seconds set in 2010.
Sluszny is a well known name in the international extreme sports circles. And with good reason:
- In 1988, he swam across the English Channel solo from Dover to Cap Blanc Nez., a distance of over 22 miles, in 10.5 hours.
- In 1994, he set a world record bungee jumping four miles and 309 yards from a hot air balloon.
- In 1997, he was a member of the Himalaya Expedition on Annapurna, which involved climbing more than five miles without oxygen.
- 10 years later, he became the first to hang glide over the Straits of Magellan and Ushuaia.
- And last year, he rafted the Zambezi, Africa’s fourth largest river.
Meanwhile, he’s also explored the wreckage of the Titanic, become a yacht racing champion and master fencer, and released Sharkwise, an adventure documentary feature film that follows Sluszny’s quest to swim with the Great White shark outside the cage. The goal was to show that while you don’t exactly want to tick one off, sharks are not the murderous creatures they’re portrayed as – and to stick it to the thugs who kill and fin more than 60 million sharks each year for shark fin soup.
Grab a cold can of Evil Apple, Wicked Punch or Midnite Berry and check out the video on Sluszny’s record-breaking run. We have no clue what they’re saying, but you’ll be amazed at what you’re seeing.