An Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal expert crushed the world record for fastest mile run in a fully functional 75-pound bomb disposal suit by a female.
First Lt. Ashley Sorensen ran a mile in the “hurt locker,” clocking in at 11 minutes and six seconds, clearing the previous record by more than two minutes.
Sorensen trained for a year and a half to get her body in peak physical condition, but her strength and endurance goes far beyond her just setting records.
“Whenever EOD goes out in the bomb suits for a manual approach, it’s really important that we’re able to work and sweat in the suit and still be able to perform,” Sorensen said. “So making it a competition when we train helps with that. Running a mile like this is definitely challenging.”
Her months of training paid off on Monday as friends and colleagues gathered at the University of Hawaii-Manoa track to watch Sorensen make the attempt.
After hauling the 75-pound bomb suit for a mile in the humid, Hawaii heat, Sorensen was more than eager to get out of the stifling garb. But she was even more excited to express her gratitude towards her supporters.
“We finally did it. It feels awesome and I really appreciate everybody coming out for it,” she said.
According to Hawaii News Now, Sorensen likened running a mile in bomb suit to the last, grueling miles of a full — 26.2 mile — marathon.
The Milwaukee native, whose full official title is 1st Lieutenant of the 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, will soon be included in the Guiness Book of World Records, pending a formal review.