I’m a sucker for completing something. I love the feeling of achieving a goal, and adore researching and obsessing about the next thing. When I saw the list of possible marathon challenges for Marathon Maniacs it sent my head into overdrive and I had many productive hours thinking and researching ways in which to achieve their different levels.
When we returned from Chile I thought I could do 13 marathons in 13 different states and/or countries in 365 days. That’s their Ruthenium level. I had a back up plan for running nine and calling it quits if that was all too much – Iridium level.
The marathons completed for the 13 were as follows:
- La Rochelle marathon
- White Continent Marathon
- Punta Arenas Marathon
- Wangaratta marathon
- Bayleys Mountain to Surf marathon
- Canberra marathon
- Ultra Trail Australia 50
- Christchurch Airport Marathon
- Perth marathon
- Gold Coast Airport Marathon
- Australian Outback Marathon
- Adelaide Marathon
- Ross Marathon, Tasmania
BUT then I realised I still had two months left in the 365 days and decided to aim at the next level, Osmium, with 16 marathons in 16 different states and/or countries. I worked out I could run three marathons in eight days in Japan, in three different prefectures. They were as follows:
14. Kobe marathon
16. Fujisan marathon
And for Marathon Globetrotters, Full Membership is granted when 10 countries are completed, while Provisional Membership kicks in at five marathons. I finished the 10th country with England in 2018.
Marathon Globe Trotters qualification
The countries I’ve done are:
- New Zealand