The 32 Marathon Challenge

From 2nd July to 2nd August 2010 Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw completed a full marathon of 26.2 miles every single day. During the 32 days they ran a marathon in every county in Ireland. Along the way over 1,100 runners joined them for a half or a full marathon and over €500,000 was raised for Irish Autism Action and The Irish Cancer Society.

Check out the video of the event on this website.





"Who Dares, Runs" : The Launch

Book Launch

Gerry’s new book WHO DARES, RUNS has now hit the shelves of all good book shops. The book is bursting with stories, starting with how Gerry decided to take control of his life after he saw a photograph of himself. This photo made him realise that he was overweight and it was time to do something about it. It was in July 1995 and that was the month he started running. This book narrates how Gerry has faced his fears and burst through comfort zones; from weight loss to giving up smoking, from overcoming a pathological fear of public speaking to running 32 marathons in just 32 days.

Vincent Hogan, the award winning Irish Sports Writer said about WHO DARES, RUNS...
"Reading this book, you get the sense that human endurance is as much cerebral as physical. You don't fight the miles, you ignore them."

Get your hands on this inspirational read now by clicking the Buy Now button, using PayPal or credit-card.

Gerry becomes the UK Deca-Enduroman Champion!

Challenge 2011: At 5 to midnight on June 12th 2011 a wet, fatigued, muddy but smiling Gerry Duffy crossed the finish line for the last time. Over the previous 10 days he had swam 38km’s, cycled 1,800km’s and ran 420km’s! Of the 19 people who attempted to complete 10 Ironman-distance triathlons in as many days, only 3 finished. Gerry finished first. His cumulative time? 160 hours 10 minutes and 37 seconds. His time ahead of the man in second place? Over 19 hours!

Review Gerry's remarkable achievement in this video:
Gerry Duffy: A Deca-Enduroman Journey

Make a donation

All money raised will go to Irish Autism Action.
Please make a donation by clicking on the button above or by clicking here.

Some Interviews & Video Blogs from thoughout the Deca-Enduroman Challenge;

Radio Interview with Ray D'Arcy on Today FM on day 5
Video Interview with Gerry on the DECA-Enduroman course, day 5
Video Interview with Gerry on the DECA-Enduroman course, day 6
Radio Interview with Des Cahill on RTE Sport on day 7
Radio Interview with Ray D'Arcy on Today FM on day 7
Radio Interview with Ray D'Arcy on Today FM on day 8

Radio Interview with Ray D'Arcy the morning after winning, June 13th
Radio Interview with Midlands 103, June 13th
RTE Six One News report on Monday 13th June

Challenge 2011 - A DECA Enduroman! More madness in store for 2011...
Motivational Speaking - Hear about the mindset and belief needed to complete such challenges (PDF file)

32 Marathons Video - A look back at the 32 Marathon Challenge
Doin' the Deca! - Keep track of Gerry in the build-up and throughout the DECA Enduroman Challenge


Facebook - Join us on Facebook for up-to-date info and photos

Gerry wishes to sincerely thank all his sponsors in his
DECA Enduroman Challenge

Title Sponsor: Tri & Run, Mullingar

Tri & Run
Tri & Run is a Multisport Specialist Store in Mullingar providing you with all your running, swimming & cycling needs... and a whole lot more!


Blue Seventy   Mizuno
The team at Blue Seventy have supplied Gerry with all his swimming apparel including the latest HELIX wetsuit
Mizuno have very kindly provided Gerry with Nirvana Shoewear and running apparel
Cycle Superstore   X-Socks
Gerry is grateful to John Donnelly and the team at Cycle Superstore for providing him with the superb LOOK Cycling apparel
X-Socks: A superb running sock which will ensure the 10 marathons are easy on the feet!
Oakley   Garmin
Once again Oakley have been extremly generous in providing Gerry with eye wear for both the bike and the run
Thanks to Paul and the team in JDM Sports and Garmin for providing Gerry with a Garmin 305
The Crew!

A special thanks to the crew coming over on various shifts -->

Jacinta O'Neill, Brendan Doyle, Doug Bates, Jarlath Mahon, Dorothy Duffy, Enda Munnelly and Ken Whitelaw (remember him!!)


32 Marathon Challenge: 32 Marathons in 32 Counties in 32 Days Green tick iconFinish Line
Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw with Ken's niece Caoimhe at the finish of their 32nd Marathon in Mullingar