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Zoo director and marathoner Thane Maynard explains animal speed
THANE MAYNARD trains like an animal. Or so he’d like to think. The director of Cincinnati Zoo, US, logs a third of his weekly mileage on zoo grounds, with the athletes of the animal kingdom as his inspiration. ‘I have a tremendous fascination with running animals,’ says Maynard, 60, who ran his hometown’s Flying Pig Half Marathon for the 10th time last May. ‘If animals competed in the Olympics, they’d beat every person,’ he says. ‘Even Usain Bolt. I doubt a human could even keep up with a house cat or a bunny rabbit.’ Cincinnati Zoo will hold its 37th Cheetah Run 5K in August and runners will have a chance to watch a cheetah tearing up and down its running yard. Not surprisingly, the sleek big cat features on Maynard’s dream team of speedy beasts:
Usain Bolt has been clocked at 27.8mph