Cat named Roadrunner is man's running partner
Mar 4, 2011
A fitness trainer in West Long Branch, New Jersey, has a four-legged running partner, according to the Asbury Park Press.
One day, when Greenblatt was doing his regular morning run in 2008, he noticed that a black cat was watching him.
After three weeks of sitting on the sidelines, the feline began to join Greenblatt in his runs. Soon, the black cat, whom Greenblatt has named Roadrunner, comes to Greenblatt's doorstep every morning for a 5:30 a.m. run.
Greenblatt, who has since decided to train the cat, has been giving Roadrunner a schedule of speed drills.
"I train her like an athlete. ...She can run all day," Greenblatt told the news source.
Viewers can watch Roadrunner run on Youtube in a video called "America's Only Long Distance Running Cat." There is also a children's book in development based on Roadrunner.
The average house cat can run as fast as 30 miles per hour, according to a 2009 Wall Street Journal article comparing Usain Bolt to animals. Bolt is one of the fastest human runners in the world but at an average of 23.5 miles per hour over 100 meters, he trails animals such as deer, warthogs and grizzly bears, reported the news source.