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.
|The Challenge - 32 Marathons 32 Counties 32 Days
About the guys;
Gerry has been running the roads around
Mullingar for the past 14 years. Now aged 42,
Gerry first took up running in 1995 to lose a
few stone. He soon found that his day wouldn’t
be complete without getting a run in.
In 2003 he was asked by a friend to do the
swim leg in a sprint triathlon. Before long he
was trying the three disciplines himself. Always one to keep raising the bar in terms of challenges, in 2008 he completed two IRONMAN triathlons (UK and France).
These renowned feats of endurance involved a 3.8km swim, then cycling 180km…all before he could arrive at the start line of his favourite leg – the marathon! July 2009 saw Gerry complete his third Ironman – this time is Austria. This was to be a warm up, however, to the big event of his year (as if an Ironman isn’t big enough eh?). In August ’09 he finished a DOUBLE IRONMAN in the UK (7.6km swim, 360 km cycle, 84 km run), all in a little under 29 hours. In addition, Gerry has also completed the
Dublin Marathon 3 times; in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Ken (30) is also from Mullingar and has been running since his school days. If he wasn’t running a race in his school colours he was racing around a remote field during the cross country season in the colours of his local club (Mullingar Harriers). Although his runners grew musty during his college years he cleaned them
off and in 2006 completed his first marathon in Edinburgh (finishing 31st out of over 4,000 runners no less).
Like Gerry, Ken soon succumbed to the lure of triathlons, starting with the sprint and middle distance races before taking the plunge and tackling his first IRONMAN in Austria in July ‘09. Ken duly completed this amazing challenge in 10 hours and 46 minutes.