Army Vet/"Fittest Man" Dedicates Guinness World Record Attempt to U.S. Troops

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Army Veteran and "The World's Fittest Man," Joe Decker ( will dedicate his upcoming Guinness World Record attempt to U.S. military

at the Ocean City Half Marathon, Joe Decker, “The World’s Fittest Man,” of Bethesda, Maryland will attempt to add his name to the Guinness Book of World Records for a second time. Decker must finish the 13.1-mile race in less than one hour and 43 minutes (7:40-minute per mile pace) while running in full military combat gear with a 40-pound knapsack on his back to set a new world record.

“As a veteran of the U.S. Army, I wanted to find a way to pay tribute to our U.S. military serving in Iraq,” said Decker. “I decided to combine my love for my country and fitness and attempt this Guinness World Record.”

Decker, 34, shattered a previous Guinness World Record for the 24-hour Endurathon, a non-stop fitness test of endurance and strength in 2001. During the event, Decker biked 100 miles, ran 10, hiked 10, power walked five, kayaked six, swam two, and logged 10 miles on a rowing machine, and then a Nordic Track. He also performed 3,000 abdominal crunches, 1,100 push ups, 1,100 jumping jacks, 1,000 leg lifts, and lifted 278,540 pounds of cumulative weight. This achievement earned Decker the title of “The World’s Fittest Man.”

While Decker has achieved numerous fitness goals, he strives to share his personal story of being an “Average Joe” and going from “fat to fit” to inspire others. “It’s difficult at times to motivate a person with a weight problem to get started on an exercise program,” said Decker. “Having been 80 pounds overweight when I entered the Army, I am proof that even if you are carrying some extra pounds, you can still get out there, have fun, and do some incredible things.”

As a fitness professional, Decker trains many children, adults, and seniors ranging from advanced athletes to average, out-of-shape Americans. Decker has established a Childhood Obesity Research Foundation, has co-authored a book, The World’s Fittest You (Penguin, 2004) and is regularly involved in community fitness and charity events to motivate Americans to embrace fitness. For more information on Decker, go to or call Laura Van Eperen at (240) 994-7541.


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