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MORTON (WEEK) - A Morton man has a new trophy on his shelf after breaking a 100 mile run world record on a treadmill.

Last November, Taggert Van Etten became the second fastest American to run 100 miles.

Van Etten decided to take his skills indoors because the pandemic limited opportunities for competitions most of this past year.

He trained 16 weeks to break the record for fastest 100 miles on a treadmill, and accomplished the record Saturday at Seasons Gastropub on South Main Street in Morton.

Van Etten said the crowd kept him going through the hardest stretch.

"When I clicked 99.9 - 100, it was like the longest probably 45 seconds ever, because everybody was waiting and yelling and screaming,” he said.

“It was worth it when I hopped off. I was able to hug my mom, my best friends. They had a bottle of champagne there for me that I could pop."

Van Etten shaved 37 minutes off the previous world record time.

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