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I'm taking on this extreme challenge starting in Jan 2010 to be the first woman to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks! I'm running to help South African Aids orphans and I'm trying to get the word out about what I'm doing to as many runners as possible. Check out my blog at http://www.52beginnings.com
I'd love to find other runners that are doing the races that would like to run with me - if you are looking at doing one of the marathons I'm scheduled to run during this, I'd love to hear from you. You can view my race calendar on my blog.
While she's been gracious enough not to be so direct about it, Dana is attempting this tremendous feat in order to raise money to assist 25:40 in its mission. If you visit her blog, you can find a link to her sponsorship page and make a contribution in support of Dana's efforts (via PayPal). Sponsorship funds go directly to 25:40, and they'll acknowledge the receipt of funds by e-mail. (The e-mail serves as your receipt for the tax-deductible donation.)
For anyone who's concerned that this is a scam, please note that 25:40 is an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. It's not on the Charity Navigator site, but you can see the IRS forms 990 on Guidestar.
Just for the sake of full disclosure, I have no affiliation with Dana (I've never met her or communicated with her in any way) or 25:40; I just think this is a great idea in support of a worthy cause.
2012 Race Schedule
Providence Marathon (4:48:55)
Buffalo Half-Marathon (2:03:16)
Chicago Marathon (October 7)
Thanks for the support and encouragement Don! I really appreciate it! This challenge is huge and I need all the help I can get!
If you want to follow along on this journey add me to your facebook page - the link is on my blog
I just responded to your post in the ultra community, but if you haven't already, you should get in touch with Dane Rauschenberg. It's possible he'll just tell you to buy his book, but either way, as someone who did it himself, he should have some ideas. I know that one problem he encountered was that there wasn't an official race one weekend.... so he had to become RD and plan his own official marathon. Good luck!
I do today what you won't, so tomorrow I do what you can't.
What you are about to attempt will be a very big challenge, but I question your statement "first woman to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks." I know a few women that have done that, so I do not know how you came to make that claim unless you add a twist (like doing all 50 US states).
Good luck. The key is staying injury free.
I've researched online and haven't found any information about a woman doing 52 marathons in 52 weeks, so to the best of my knowledge that is my attempt. If you have any info about a woman or women that have run 52 marathons in 52 weeks please pass it along to me. I am doing this with official marathons if that may make the difference.
Staying injury free is going to be half the challenge right there!
As the race director of the Mount Desert Island Marathon in Bar Harbor, Maine.http://www.mdimarathon.org Just wanted to wish you the best of luck and extend a complimentary entry into our event to be held on Oct 17, 2010 We can also help with lodging and will gladly help spread the word about your 'year of marathons' and very worthwhile fundraising efforts. I sincerely hope other races will step up and take care of your entry fees and include other perks as may be available to them. (us)
Mount Desert Island Marathon
PS If you might want to start the year with a nice little warm-up. Please join me on Jan 1. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/01/01/a_running_start_to_2009/
I am a member of Marathon Maniacs - http://marathonmaniacs.com/. If you have been doing marathons for a while you will see a lot of us out there. We are a group of people who do as many marathons as possible. Some do upwards of 100 or more.
I do not want to name any names. But I will name one since she was on a Magazine cover. Yoland did 65 marathons in 2008. I believe she is already around that this year and will easily break 65. http://www.pe.com/localnews/rivcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_W_wholder13.468ce79.html
If you browse through the Maniac Insane Asylum - http://www.marathonmaniacsdb.com/Maniacs/Scorecard.asp - you will see people who have stars by their names. A number of people with 8 stars or more have done 50+ marathons in a year. You will see quite a few Maniacs have done it, including a number of women. I believe all the races are "official" races, but the results do include ultras.
I haven't read Dane's book. I need to get my hands on it. But he is fairly hard core, meaning he runs fast In my experience I can do lots of marathons only by taking it easy - not running too hard or fast.
Wow!! Good luck and wish you the best and I do hope you stay injury free, I'm running a few marathons in So. Ca I hope to see you there. DEC-6th Santa Barbara, May 21st 2010 LA Marathon.
Camp Pendleton 10k mud run 10-18-08 1:15
Rose Bowl half 12-13-08 2:10
Carlsbad half 01-25-09 2:04
Race on the base 10k 02-21-09 54:43
LA MARATHON 05-25-09 5:01
Long Beach half 10-11-09 1:57
Camp Pend Mud run 10-17-09 1:25
SANTA BARABARA MARATHON 12-06-09 04:35
Carlsbad half 01-24-10 1:50
Rose bowl half 02-07-10 2:00
LA MARATHON 03-21-10 4:24
HARD CORPS MARATHON 04-17-10 4:17
I looked at the website and Yoland walked her marathons in contrast to my running mine. I found several other women who had done over 50, but they included marathons and ultras, not just marathons as I'm doing. I found one woman that was listed as doing 56 marathons on the site, but when I searched online I couldnt find even half that many results for her in either active.com or marathonguide.com searches. Several of her races were almost 6 hours that were listed and as I know that marathon maniacs cares only about you completing the race and not about the time, I thought maybe the reason I couldn't find more of her race results was due to the fact that she may not have made the official cut off time. I will continue to research this as I most certainly don't want to make a false claim about what I'm attempting to do and in the meantime will adjust my website. I thank you for pointing out the info on marathon maniacs. Im very surprised that when doing both google and yahoo searches I didn't find information about any of these women.
Thank you for the kind invitation to your Mount Desert Island Marathon and I'd love to take part in your event! I very much appreciate your generosity and willingness to help me in this cause to get the word out about what I'm doing. It makes a world of a difference as I'm personally funding all the expenses with this journey. Let me know how you want me to go about doing the registration for your event and feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm not sure how I'll be starting out the New Year, but I love what your doing with it - and if possible I'd love to join you.