Remember last year when Dean Karnazes was running his 50 Marathons in 50 days, in 50 states event? He even went on to win an Espy for his efforts. At the time, there was a big media blitz, put on by sponsor The North Face and we all kind of sat back and watched Dean do his thing.
Well, Brad Alsop is looking to put Dean to shame. He intends to run 131 marathons in 131 days. Brad started his endeavor on July 4th and will run a marathon, 26.2 miles, every day until Veteran’s Day, which is November 11th. While he’s not running in 131, or even 50 states, he is running to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund which has been established to aid United States Marines injured in combat.
The 37 year-old Alsop lives in Louisville, Kentucky and makes his daily marathon run through Iroquois Park in that city. He starts in the heat of the day, usually around noon, because he says that the Marines have to go to work in the heat of Iraq and Afghanistan. On average, it takes him about 3 hours and 50 minutes to complete his marathon, but his fastest time to date is 3 hours 14 minutes. Not bad times all things considered, especially when he’s not taking the typical “rest days” that most long distance runners take.
Hopefully Brad will stay healthy, he’s currently nursing an injured shin, and he can complete his goal. I respect the cause he is running for, and the effort is amazing. Hopefully we’ll hear more about this as he makes progress.
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