Twelve participants in the World Marathon Challenge are nearing completion of the annual competition. What does this challenge entail? It means running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. Is that really stressful and hard? Yeah. Is it even possible? No problem. 102 people have already done it. From the Challenge's homepage:
The 2015 World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Competitors must run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia within 168 hours, or 7 days. The clock starts when the first marathon in Antarctica begins on 17th January 2015.
There is only one day left for runners to complete the challenge, which begins in Antarctica and ends in Australia. A man named Tim Durbin is the only American to participate this year, and things are looking pretty good for him, via the Times:
"In the last 48 hours I've slept less than 9 hours and ran three marathons," he said in an email earlier this week. He said most of his sleep has been on the airplanes between cities with a few hours spent in hotels following the races. He did have one full night of rest after running in Chile and before heading to Miami.
I tried to book a JetBlue flight to Denver yesterday but gave up after fifteen minutes. Keep Tim Durbin in your thoughts as he attempts to be the only American in 2015 to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. Do it for us, Durbin! We're still in bed.
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