Australian runner aims for world record with 150 marathons in 150 days
Australian Erchana Murray-Bartlett has completed 150 marathons in 150 days, covering 6,300 kilometers (3,900 miles) from the northern tip of the country to the southern city of Melbourne in what could be a new world record.
The 32-year-old runner crossed the finish line on Monday after a feat which, if confirmed, will break the previous world record of 106 consecutive marathons set by Briton Kate Jayden last year. CNN contacted Guinness World Records to confirm Murray-Bartlett’s official stance.
As Jayden sought to raise money for the refugees, Murray-Bartlett ended his run – documented on Instagram – to raise awareness of threats to Australia’s biodiversity.
“Australia is fantastic, it’s so beautiful, and that was one of the key things I wanted to take away from this race, it was to show the beauty of Australia to the world – we have national parks of global significance, the Great Barrier Reef, and exploring on foot is such a unique and different way to do it,” Murray-Bartlett told CNN affiliate Nine News.
Murray-Bartlett has raised over A$118,000 ($82,130) for the Wilderness Society, with all proceeds going to the conservation of Australia’s native animals.
Australia, which has one of the world’s worst records for extinctions, last year announced a 10-year plan to try to prevent more species from becoming extinct in the country. The country’s wildlife has been impacted by natural disasters and the climate crisis, including the catastrophic bushfires in 2019-20 that killed or displaced nearly 3 billion animals, according to World Wildlife Fund estimates ( WWF).
After setting off from Cape York in Queensland in August, Murray-Bartlett covered 42.2 kilometers (26.2 miles) each day, enduring scorching heat and storms as she traversed dirt roads, rivers and beaches.
“It’s very exhausting, I’ll grant you that, but I feel very lucky to have been able to cross the finish line,” she said on Monday.
While the Murray-Bartlett race took her from the north to the south of the country, another Australian, Nedd Brockmann, covered almost 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) in 47 days from west to east in 2022.
Brockmann set out from Cottesloe Beach in Perth and was greeted as a hero when he arrived at Sydney’s Bondi Beach in October, raising 2 million Australian dollars ($1.26 million) – almost double his original goal – for the homeless charity We Are Mobilise.
Earlier in 2022, Fay Cunningham and Emma Petrie, both from the UK, equaled the world record for the most consecutive days to run a marathon distance in the women’s category, running side by side for 106 days between February and June, according to Guinness World Records.
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