It turns out that speedy subway riding has existed as an underground pastime for nearly half a century. In 1966, an MIT student named Peter Samson of the Amateur New York Subway Riding Committee set up the rules as part of an experiment in artificial intelligence. The NYC Subway Rapid Transit Challenge holds itself to the standard of a single fare (meaning no leaving and re-entering through the turnstiles) and has three classes of possible achievement.
Huh. Waiting for the F train must be even more excruciating than usual under these circumstances. But for the record, subway riding isn't even the strangest speed test out there: In 2010, a Brit named Perry Watkins set the record for "fastest furniture," riding a full dining set on a race track at 114 miles per hour.