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'Backwards to the future' - Meet Aaron Yoder, the world’s fastest reverse runner!04:29

'Backwards to the future' - Meet Aaron Yoder, the world’s fastest reverse runner!

United States, Denver
July 23, 2020 at 04:11 GMT -00:00 · Published

Aaron Yoder is the world record holder in retro-running or running backwards. On Wednesday, he was seen displaying his prowess in this unusual discipline by running in reverse in Denver.

"One thing I love about backwards running is, in this perspective that I have now, instead of seeing how far I have to go, I've seen how far I've gone," said Yoder, adding that this perspective "literally changed" his life.

Aaron is a full-time teacher and track coach at Bethany College in Lindsborg but dedicates most of his free time to his passion of backwards running. Whether he is on tracks or out in the open, Aaron explains that the limited vision whilst running backwards risk of falling is a common feature in the sport, but his faith motivates the 32-year-old runner to overcome all the obstacles.

Yoder is a follower of US-based Fitness Coach Joel Matalon's 'Backwards to the future' movement, which uses alternative exercise methods, such as running backwards, for their purported health benefits.

"'Backwards to the future' is a phrase that I like. Because sometimes we feel like we don't have anywhere to go, but yet, there are a lot of opportunities," he said.

Aaron has championed in many disciplines, including running 1,500 meters (0,9 miles) in five minutes and 22 seconds, finishing a road race in five minutes and 30 seconds, and he has even been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2015 finishing one mile (1609 meters) in five minutes and 54.25 seconds.

'Backwards to the future' - Meet Aaron Yoder, the world’s fastest reverse runner!04:29
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Aaron Yoder is the world record holder in retro-running or running backwards. On Wednesday, he was seen displaying his prowess in this unusual discipline by running in reverse in Denver.

"One thing I love about backwards running is, in this perspective that I have now, instead of seeing how far I have to go, I've seen how far I've gone," said Yoder, adding that this perspective "literally changed" his life.

Aaron is a full-time teacher and track coach at Bethany College in Lindsborg but dedicates most of his free time to his passion of backwards running. Whether he is on tracks or out in the open, Aaron explains that the limited vision whilst running backwards risk of falling is a common feature in the sport, but his faith motivates the 32-year-old runner to overcome all the obstacles.

Yoder is a follower of US-based Fitness Coach Joel Matalon's 'Backwards to the future' movement, which uses alternative exercise methods, such as running backwards, for their purported health benefits.

"'Backwards to the future' is a phrase that I like. Because sometimes we feel like we don't have anywhere to go, but yet, there are a lot of opportunities," he said.

Aaron has championed in many disciplines, including running 1,500 meters (0,9 miles) in five minutes and 22 seconds, finishing a road race in five minutes and 30 seconds, and he has even been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2015 finishing one mile (1609 meters) in five minutes and 54.25 seconds.

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