San Francisco Man Completes Seven Marathons in Seven Days on Seven Continents

Photo: ABC7 News

Seven marathons in seven days on seven continents…Sounds crazy, right?

Meet 31-year-old Tim Durbin, the San Francisco man – and only American – who just completed the feat.

“And done!” tweeted Durbin after completing his seventh 26.2-mile trek in as many days in Sydney, Australia on Friday.

Durbin, pictured after completing his seventh and final marathon in Australia (photo courtesy Durbin's instagram).
Durbin, pictured after completing his seventh and final marathon in Australia (photo courtesy Durbin’s instagram).

Durbin was the only American who competed in the World Marathon Challenge, which included races in Antartica, Chile, Miami, Madrid, Morocco and Dubai.

In addition to battling snow, rain and jetlag, Durbin told the Associated Press earlier this week that sleep deprivation also plays a factor. He said most of his sleep has come on airplanes between cities, with a few hours spent in hotels following the races.

Durbin spent roughly $37,000 to participate with 11 others in the World Marathon Challenge. In addition to overcome a seemingly impossible obstacle, he also did it to raise money for the V Foundation for cancer research.

“I am just trying to prove to myself that an average person can do what most others think is impossible,” he told the AP. “It’s a mental challenge as much as it is physical.”

 

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