A man in London sought to answer the age-old question: Which is faster, a runner or public transportation?

In a video from December 26 that’s since gone viral, a runner got off at the Mansion House subway station, booked it up the stairs and made his way to the next stop at Cannon Street, where he boarded the same train. He, of course, pays his subway fare, too.

The route, according to Google Maps, is 0.1 mile, and the walking directions estimate about three minutes (without going up and down the subway stairs).

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The video is 1 minute 37 seconds, clocking the time the man sprints out of the subway car and up the stairs. It shows a split screen—the subway riding to its next stop and a first-person, dizzying, perspective of the man running to Cannon Street.

In the background, comically, you can see a woman and a child sitting next to the door, who cheer when the man makes it back onto the train.

In typical Internet fashion, there are naysayers questioning the feat and others who wonder why there are two stations so close to each other.

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Heather Mayer Irvine
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Heather is the former food and nutrition editor for Runner’s World, the author of The Runner’s World Vegetarian Cookbook, and a seven-time marathoner with a best of 3:31—but she is most proud of her 1:32 half, 19:44 5K, and 5:33 mile. Her work has been published in The Boston Globe, Popular Mechanics, The Wall Street Journal Buy Side, Cooking Light, CNN, Glamour, The Associated Press, and Livestrong.com.