Soldier sets world record for running mile in bomb disposal suit

Wearing a 75-pound bomb disposal suit, 1st Lt. Ashley Sorensen ran the mile in 11 minutes, 6 seconds.
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HONOLULU An Army lieutenant ran a mile while wearing a bomb disposal suit weighing more than 75 pounds in an attempt to set a new world record.

The 8th Theater Sustainment Command said 1st Lt. Ashley Sorensen ran the mile in 11 minutes, 6 seconds on Monday. She beat the existing record for running a mile in the bomb disposal suit by more than two minutes.

Sorensen is now waiting for the Guinness Book of World Records to review and validate her time.

The Milwaukee-native compared the run's physical and psychological intensity to the final miles of a marathon, CBS affiliate KGMB reports.

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"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 perform, so making it a competition when we train helps with that," she said. "Running a mile like this is definitely a challenge."

Sorensen is the executive officer of the 303rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion at Schofield Barracks.

The 2010 West Point graduate spent a year-and-a-half training for the run.