Joggling is loosely classified as “stunt running” because it’s a bit different than conventional running. But there are a number of other types of stunt runners. One of the most interesting that I’ve come across was the Coatman.
Dennis “Coatman” Marsella age 61, has run 131 marathons since 1981. This includes 5 ultras and 11 mountain marathons. We asked him about his running experiences and this is what he had to say.
How did you get started as Coatman?
I read a book on long distance running that said heat was the GREATEST THREAT TO a distance runner, so I created coatman in Florida’s tropical climate.
I added fashion shoes and carrying a tray type item with drink glasses and bottle to complete the stunt. To be a stunt runner you must wear or carry something that adds a degree of difficulty to finishing the distance and it should be a marathon.
Why do you do it?
This is my performance art and fits my body build. By doing breathing exercises and visualizations when I run it has become a parapsychological experience for me.
What was your most interesting race?
My most exciting marathon was the Moscow Marathon in July, 80 degree Russian heat running in my coat in front of Russian soldiers in front of the Kremlin.
Where can people see you?
My next marathon is my 28th New York marathon in front of 2 million spectators in November.
Good luck Coatman!