Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) December 17, 2009 -- At 32, Tristan Miller, Australian marathon runner, plans to be the first person to run 52 marathons around the world in 52 weeks. This is the first time anyone has attempted such a feat.
Miller will stopover in at least 42 countries, collecting more than 260,000 kilometres in the air and many kilometres on the run. He also needs to continue to run up to 45 kilometres a week in training.
On the 1st of January he will undertake the first 42 kilometre road-pounding of his epic journey in Zurich, Switzerland, starting at midnight. He will also participate in the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, as well as races in such widely diverse countries and climates as Mumbai, Canary Islands, South Africa, Slovakia, Italy, Egypt, Morocco, Siberia, Dubai, Northern Ireland, Cuba and the Cayman Islands.
Hoping to have at least 100 fellow runners join him in his home city of Melbourne, he will host his final marathon.
Including the sale of his St Kilda apartment, his car and most of his possessions, the $150,000 trip will cost him his life savings. Miller is hoping to attract sponsors and is determined to raise $100,000 for UNICEF as well.
Miller says that his friends and family all have the same reaction. "You're just nuts. Why would you bother?â His reply is "I just want to do something different and to see if I can".
An IT specialist, Miller only began amateur running five years ago, as a way of dealing with a broken marriage. He saw that running long distances gave him a sense of achievement and the courage to try other things he never dreamed of doing, such as taking off on a whim to explore exotic locations.
Miller was made redundant at Google in April, a victim of the financial crisis, when the Melbourne office was closed. He now desires to put his body to the ultimate challenge.
To date, he has only completed five registered marathons, including the Canberra and Melbourne events twice each, plus the 87-kilometre torture-test marathon Comrades in Durban, South Africa.
Despite the lure of exotic cuisines Miller will prepare all his own meals, so there is no danger of stomach upsets, or food poisoning. Miller has a support crew of only one, his best mate Darren Foss.
Dr Dan Dwyer, sports scientist, states, Miller faces the real risk of long-term damage to joints and bones, or a chronically suppressed immune system.â Injuries are a very real threat, with "runner's knee" already creating a problem.
There are only two other people who have completed 50 marathons in a year, as far as Miller knows, but all in the same country.
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