An apple a day is how most people keep fit and stay healthy but one man has taken a different approach―two marathons a day for a year and the reward is not just ultra endurance but health for whole villages.
Aussie Pat Farmer multiple-marathon winner will run a 5 stage daily double-marathon from pole to pole to raise a targeted $100 million for red cross with emphasis on providing clean water to populations with critical need.
With 880 million people around the world lacking a basic water supply equating to more than 1 in 6 people in the world without access to safe drinking water. The mammoth task has become an international symbol for united support focusing efforts to resolve this global crisis. Clean water doesn’t just save lives, it changes them… forever.
Having survived the first stage frostbite-free Pat is currently enjoying the milder temperate of Canada, a welcomed change after completing his Arctic leg of 760km from the North Pole to Ward Hunt Island, Canada. This next stage consists of an enormous 11 744km road run from Radisson, Quebec, via USA, Mexico, Central America to Southern Panama.
GPS tracking and Pat’s enormous fan base making it possible to follow the great trek and rally behind this one man miracle worker. The inspiration is obvious with communities opening their hearts and hospitality to the marathoner. Videos posted on the website show Pat being welcomed into government residence and worked on by a physiotherapist and fan of the cause.
One of the most touching and hope inspiring of all the journal entries and journey documentation thus far, is the recent video post of a family which spent two days tracking Pat down so they could meet and run a mile with the motivational red cross ambassador. Their young son had drawn a picture for Pat and it was evident that one man’s action and a dedication to a cause can ignite the spirit of generosity in people.
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Inga Yandell
Explorer and media producer, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide resources and opportunities for creative exploration.