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A full marathon for robots is planned for later this month in Japan (Photo: Vstone)

Vstone, an Osaka-based technology firm, is organizing the world’s first marathon for robots.

As many of you will already know, a marathon is 42 kilometers (or about 26 miles), and these little mechanical men are ready to run the whole thing.

The miniature bipedal robots (some autonomous, some remote-controlled) possess a far shorter stride than the average runner, so they won’t likely be clocking in under anything close to four hours. They’ll have to complete a total of 422 laps of a 100-meter track to make up the distance.

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