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Globe-spanning World Marathon Challenge

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 01:50

Starting in Antarctica, 'The World Marathon Challenge' sees entrants run seven marathons, in seven days, on seven different continents. Jayson Mansaray reports.

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The World Marathon Challenge... Starting in Antarctica, 25 men and eight women competed in the gruelling race. Running seven marathons, in seven days, on seven continents. A daunting prospect, even for former Olympic long distance runner Ryan Hall. SOUNDBITE: Ryan Hall, Former U.S. Olympian, saying (English): "Sometimes the hardest part of taking on an epic challenge is all the worrying you do beforehand. You're out running and you're like worried about the last 10k of the race, so I just tell myself forget about that, just take one more step and focus on what you're doing right now." In total, the entrants ran 183 miles and travelled 24,000 miles - all that in under 168 hours. Running in cities like Miami, Dubai and Sydney, among others. In the men's category, American Michael Wardian was the World Marathon Challenge champion. The ultra-marathoner finished first at every race, managing every win in under three hours too. SOUNDBITE: Winner 'World Marathon Challenge', Michael Wardian, saying (English): "It's a once in a lifetime experience, I mean who gets to do this, no one really. I feel super grateful that I had the opportunity and I was able to execute. Every day I ran at my limit and there were so many people who helped me do as much as I could." Ireland's Sinead Kane became the first blind person to compete in the challenge - accompanied throughout by guide John O'Regan. Chile's Silvana Camelio was the overall winner in the women's category.

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Globe-spanning World Marathon Challenge

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 01:50