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First ever World Marathon Challenge a runaway success

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 01:28

Seven marathons, seven continents and seven days - 12 runners take part in one of the toughest footraces in the world in the inaugural World Marathon Challenge. Roselle Chen reports.

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The first ever World Marathon Challenge ended in Sydney, Australia after a grueling series of seven marathons in seven days, across seven continents - one of the toughest footraces in the world. Twelve competitors - eleven men and one woman - completed 183 miles (294.5 km) on foot and traveled a total of 24,000 miles (38,624 km). Hong Kong resident and triathlete David Gething won the Inaugural World Marathon Challenge Champion title, finishing in 25 hours, 36 minutes and 3 seconds. SOUNDBITE: David Gething, World Marathon Challenge Champion, saying (English): "It's been a great adventure, and not a race, it's been an adventure for all of us." The challenge started in Antarctica on an overcast evening on January 17, where temperatures fluctuated between -5 and -15 degrees celsius. Competitors ran the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles (42.2 km) in each of the seven continents, jetting to Chile, the U.S., Spain, Morocco, United Arab Emirates and finishing in Australia.

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First ever World Marathon Challenge a runaway success

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 01:28