Are You Serious? — Nurse Denied Marathon World Record Because She Wasn’t Wearing A Skirt

Woman running London Marathon in medical attire

You literally can't make this stuff up! A woman who wanted to break the Guinness World Record for running a marathon dressed as a nurse has been told her successful attempt does not count -- because she was wearing scrubs and pants, rather than a skirt.

Seriously. It's worth repeating. Because. She. Wasn't. Wearing. A. Skirt...

Jessica Anderson, a nurse at the Royal London Hospital, ran the city's marathon in the outfit she wears at work. But she was told beforehand by Guinness World Records that she would need to wear a blue and white dress, apron and a traditional nurse's cap for her effort to be valid, Britain's Press Association reported.
Full-body scrubs are too close to the organization's definition of a doctor's costume, officials added. "Their definition is just so outdated," Anderson told the magazine Runner's World. "Some of the nurses I work with do wear dresses but mostly we wear scrubs or a tunic and trousers. I've certainly never seen a male nurse wearing a dress to work."
"I'm sure Guinness World Records don't intend to cause offense but it would be nice if they decided to revise their criteria instead of reinforcing old gender stereotypes," she added.
Anderson had asked the organization to reconsider, but her request was denied. They have since said they would review their rules.
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3 years ago

“But she was told beforehand by Guinness World Records that she would need to wear a blue and white dress, apron and a traditional nurse’s cap for her effort to be valid, Britain’s Press Association reported”. The rules were made clear prior to the race. Follow the rules baby!!!!!!! We follow the rules at work.

Maureen Pheley
3 years ago

I sent this to the Guinness world records: I am responding to the story of a nurse who was denied a world record that she earned because she did not wear a dress!!!!  I imlplore you to reconcider this action. Would you have denied the record if it was a male nurse in scrubs, likely not is my guess. Even the Unitied states military recognizes that the appropriate dress is imperitive when they found some navy guys who ran on a football field naked a number years ago siting that they had the appropriate dress for “streaking” and charges against… Read more »

maureen pheley
3 years ago

Ive been a practicing nurse a long tim. I recal about 30 years ago (yeah really) no one was wearing caps. I had years of expereince in ICU and E.D. and hacn’t worn for a long time. One day the CEO, who was really apretty good and available guy, came in to visit and started saying he liked the idea of wearing caps to identify the nurses from the doctors, He was quite serious and asked my opinion. As I recall I gave him an earful, telling hime all the draw backs and such noting that wasn’t that why we… Read more »

Jackie Moore
3 years ago

I’ve been a nurse since 1975. I think I owned one uniform dress after graduation that went by the wayside with my nursing cap when it caught on bedside curtains… right away! Guinness needs to grow up.

frank lomprez RN
3 years ago

A male nurse here. Guess I better get a dress ready to go to work. What a asinine regulation.

Mary Lou Nieves, RN, CCM
3 years ago

No doubt the “officials” at Guiness who laid down those rules were men. What was the “dress code” for male nurses who participated in the race?M

3 years ago

She should have complied, and then told Guinness where they could stick their world record.

Miriam Metz
3 years ago

Whatdoes what you wear have to do with breaking a record??!! Besides, wearing that old fashioned uniform would hinder your speed and slow you down!!

L J Hess, RN, MSN
3 years ago

Excuse me, this is 2019 isn’t it…This ruling makes it sound like 1920!

Mary Jones RN CCM
3 years ago

How ridiculous. I’ve been a nurse for over 30 years and haven’t worn a dress since 1982. Get with the times!!!!

michael pilat RN BSN MSed. CCM
3 years ago

Wow to break a record I would have to crossdress? oh what a tangled web we weave…..
that’s a long way to run to find out about a dress code violation!