Team Wandell breaks world record in half-marathon race


A former Tri-Cities elementary school principal is proving once again that despite a devastating diagnosis, living life with “faith over fear” can accomplish something incredible.

Retired East Side Elementary School principal, Dr. Josh Wandell, is now part of a record-breaking team.

Yesterday, Dr. Wandell raced in the Virginia Beach Shamrock Half Marathon.

He and teammate Jeff Vance set a new Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon pushing a man in a wheelchair.

Doctors diagnosed Dr. Wandell with ALS in 2013.

Over time, ALS robbed him of the ability of move and speak on his own.

But Team Wandell and the Tri-Cities community continue to rally around a man who continues to inspire so many by living life with “faith over fear.”

“We don’t know how long this record will stand, but the fact that we do have this in the Guinness Book of World Records – that word ‘world’ I mean that speaks volumes I think,” said Team Wandell member T.J. Brown. “So Josh was very happy, as his wife Tabitha was.”

Tthe team finished the race just past an hour and thirty-five minutes, beating the existing record of an hour and forty-three minutes.

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