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Watch this man attempt to race a New York City subway

It takes 85 seconds for the subway to get from Bowling Green to Wall Street. Let's see if he can beat it.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 19, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 12:14 pm CDT

New Yorkers like to gripe about how slow and inefficient the subway system is. But one man decided to take these complaints to heart by seeing if he could outrun a New York City subway train.

Prompted by Adidas’s claim that its new running shoe was the greatest ever, the company gave Noel Carroll and James Heptonstall of the YouTube channel Epic Challenges one task: beat the 4 express train from the Bowling Green stop to the Wall Street stop. Sure, the duo has already beaten the tube in London, but could they say the same thing about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority?

With only 85 seconds to make it between the Bowling Green and Wall Street stops, Heptonstall, with a camera attached to his head, didn’t have much room for error.

We may be impressed by his speed, but probably even more so that enough people moved out of the way for him to make it in time.

H/T Digg | Screengrab via Epic Challenges/YouTube

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*First Published: Feb 19, 2015, 3:50 pm CST