Batman runs half-marathon with Marines in Afghanistan, raises cash for Boston victims

Holy footwork, Batman.

Even without the Batmobile — but alongside U.S. Marines — the Caped Crusader finished the Marine Corps Historic Half Forward half-marathon May 19 at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

Under the padded costume was Scottish reservist Staff Sergeant John Castle, 45, of Dundee, Scotland. Castle donned the suit to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, and said he’s raised $300 so far.

“I chose a Batman suit because I thought it would be a great idea to raise funds and the dafter the better,” he said in a news release. “Everyone knows who Batman is and this would increase the donations for this cause.”

Despite nearly 100-degree temperatures, Castle finished the race in 2 hours and 16 minutes.

“The face piece on the suit allowed me to breathe but it got a wee bit hot around the chest area,” he said.

Don’t worry fans, the Dark Knight will return — Castle said he’s planning to run next year’s London Marathon as Batman.

(Photo by British soldier Maj. Kerry G. Hutchison)

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 32 ultramarathons -- including her first 100-miler. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .

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