I am struggling to run past 5km these days, and though I have a long-term goal of running a marathon, I had never considered running a marathon on every continent.
Apparently this is becoming a really popular bucket list item for marathon runners.
In fact, it’s so popular, there’s even a club: The Seven Continents Club.
What a great way to see the world and stay motivated to run. Something to train for, plus a holiday!! Nice!!
Here’s the story of Matt, an Aussie who is doing 7 marathons on 7 continents.
Check out his photo gallery of the Antarctic Ice Marathon. This is NOVEMBER, it’s virtually the middle of summer in Antartica!
Man, you gotta be motivated to run that one!
But Matt, unfortunately, has nothing on this guy, Richard, who ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 5 days!!!
Basically, he ran a marathon, got on a plane, got off, ran a marathon, and repeated that for 120 hours.
No rest stops, no hotel rooms, practically no bathroom breaks. This guy is mad!
What?! Are you serious!?
Jet lag can suck the will to live right out of a body.
Marathoning multiple times in a short period has got to be freakishly hard on the body.
And he did the two of them together, at once, non-stop for 120 hours. Hello sleep deprivation and months of recovery!
Check out his travel map here. Unfortunately, though, there was no sightseeing for this guy!
Having a race to run is always a great way to stay motivated and focused on a goal, but I think these guys take that to the nth degree!
That is motivation and dedication personified.
What do you think? Impressive? Crazy? Inspiring?
I like the idea of running a race, no matter how long, on every continent. I want to travel more, and see the world, and I want to race more! Maybe I’m just a 5 or 10k kind of runner, but there’s no shame in that, but I think it’s an awesome bucket-list item for those that can do it! 🙂