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German Olympian beats Berlin subway train in 10K challenge

Most people following the internet "race-the-tube" trend run from one station to the next, but German marathon runner Philipp Pflieger ran 19 stops. It took him more than half an hour of running through Berlin's streets.

Pflieger raced the Berlin subway for 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) - and won.

Pflieger's epic race was a long-distance variation on the internet phenonenom  called Race the Tube, in which participants race a city's metro system for one stop.

He streamed the 32-minute race live to Facebook and later posted a highlight clip online.

Pflieger raced the U6 and U2 lines from Naturkundemuseum station, in Berlin's inner north, to Neu-Westend station near the 1936 Summer Olympic stadium in the west.

He narrowly beat the train, which would have made 19 stops, according to Google Maps.

German runner Philipp Pflieger (picture-alliance/dpa/H. Tittel)

Philipp Pflieger's personal best time for 10 kilometer street race is 28:54

The 29-year-old athlete competed in the men's marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics, coming in 55th place with a time of 2:18:56.

The trend first gained popularity in 2014, when a British runner raced the London tube from Mansion House to Cannon Street. It has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent weeks with the increasing popularity of Facebook live.


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