Zoo di­rec­tor and marathoner Thane May­nard ex­plains an­i­mal speed

Runner's World (UK) - - HUMAN RACE -

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

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