Are you ready for a quick tour, around the world in 90 seconds? It’s the World Marathon Challenge, a race run over seven continents in seven days.
Day one was in Antarctica, and the runners would be faced with the greatest extremes the planet can throw at them. The race is also a vast logistical challenge.
Ice-cold American marathoner and ultra-marathoner Michael Wardian was not fazed, winning in the sub-zero temperatures; in fact nothing fazed the awesome athlete, who won every single race with a sub-three-minute time.
What a week! 7 marathons, 7 days, 7 continents!
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His average finishing time of two minutes 45.56 utterly demolished the previous record of three hours 32.
The rest of the time the 42-year-old Wardian is a Washington DC shipping broker.
Twenty-five men and eight women took up the challenge including the first blind entrant, Ireland’s Sinead Kane, who even won the Moroccan leg jointly with the Women’s overall winner, Chilean schoolteacher Silvana Camelio.
Only one runner was unable to finish due to injury.
Glen Avery has finished the World Marathon Challenge, becoming the oldest person to do so at age 66. He ran the… https://t.co/YBxOYxI66R— World Marathon (@WorldMarathon77) 29 janvier 2017
The extraordinary event sees competitors run 183 miles, with them and the whole support circus travelling approximately 24,000 miles around the world whilst experiencing vast temperature changes, sleeping in the air and living off of airplane food, all in less than 168 hours.
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MikeWardian</a>'s epic record breaking seven-marathon challenge win! <a href="https://t.co/LTB2q8eUF8">https://t.co/LTB2q8eUF8</a></p>— Injinji (injinji) 30 janvier 2017