Last weekend I set a personal best for myself running. I hit 11 miles, and felt pretty good afterwards, even though my next few days were much more scaled back as my legs recovered. So, I can only imagine what it must have been like for Richard Donovan, who just finished up his World Marathon Challenge, completing seven marathons, on seven continents, in just six days.
The Challenge got underway last Saturday, with Irishman Richard running his his first marathon, a distance of 26.2 miles or 42.2km, in Antarctica. From there he moved on to Cape Town, South Africa, then to Dubai, before proceeding to London. He than ran the London Marathon, in that blizzard no less, before he boarded a plane, and with the time zones working in his favor, flew to Toronto, where he ran another marathon on the same day! Next, it was on to Santiago, Chile on the 3rd of February, and after a quick run there it was off to Sydney, Australia for the final leg, which he successfully completed yesterday as well.
All told, it actually took Richard five days, ten hours, and eight minutes to complete the Challenge. In the process, he also added up a lot of frequent flyer miles as well, and had the opportunity to tour some of the great cities of the world, on foot no less. And, as an added bonus, he was also able to make me feel like total crap for those mere 11 miles I was able to run on one continent, over one day. I’m such a slacker.
Congrats Richard! And thanks to the Team Geared Up Blog for this story.