Marathons around Australia challenge
Marathons around Australia in 12 months.
As many of you know, I enjoy getting out for a run. Always have and if the old body holds out, I hope I will always be able to run!
Now my goal is to push myself to a personal challenge that I've long wanted to attempt - to run a marathon in every state and territory of Australia within a year. That is 8 marathons in 12 months.
The schedule is as follows (and it’s only “mainland” Australian territories - Norfolk Island, Christmas Island and the Australian Antarctic Territory don’t count!):
Australian Outback Marathon
Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Marathon
Canberra Summer Marathon Series
Cadbury Marathon Hobart
Gold Coast Marathon
To help me train for this challenge, I’ve joined the team from Can Too, a wonderful organisation that provides professional coaching and support to people to achieve their goals in running, swimming, tri or endurance events. I ran with Can Too in their first marathon program in 2005 in Sydney and they have been going strong ever since.
In return, I am raising valuable funds that go towards innovation in the prevention, care and control of cancer through Cure Cancer Australia and Cancer Council NSW.
Please support me on this challenge and help these important cancer charities! Use the attached link to access my fundraising page and for updates throughout the training and 8 marathons. Donations are tax deductible for Australian tax residents.
And yes, if we can reach the fundraising target of $5,000, I'll shave my head (Juliet won't be happy!).
Thank-you for supporting me!
#2 of 8 DONE: Sydney Marathon
Posted by Ben, Tuesday 19th Sep
On an ideal Sydney Sunday morning, I completed the Sydney Running Festival Marathon as part of the Can Too fundraising team. Ran a pretty relaxed time of 3:55, 13 minutes faster than the #1 Outback Marathon (Sydney was approximately 13 degrees cooler vs Uluru!).
It was a privilege to be part of the Can Too team - training, fundraising and running in the Sydney Running Festival (if you have a swim, tri or run goal please contact me or go towww.cantoo.org.au).
Thank-you for your generous contribution to the Can Too Foundation raising vital funds for the research, prevention, care and control of cancer. If you haven’t already, but would like to make a donation, please click the following link http://www.cantoo.org.au/fundraisers/BenStammer2927.
Thanks again for your support. Four weeks until the Melbourne Marathon - just enough time for recovery, one long run and then taper!
Getting ready for #2 of 8: the head shave
Posted by Ben, Friday 15th Sep
Looking forward to the Sydney Marathon on Sunday (will be #2 of 8 Sydney marathons around Australia). Head shaved today in recognition of your fundraising support (definitely not for the look)! Thank-you to all those who have donated thus far. Link attached if you would like to donate. https://www.cantoo.org.au/fundraisers/BenStammer2927
Family members threatening to disown me with the new head!
#1 of 8 Marathons DONE : Australian Outback Marathon NT (29 July 2017)
Posted by Ben, Tuesday 1st Aug
#1 of 8 marathons DONE! I completed the Australian Outback Marathon in NT on Saturday morning. My slowest marathon time to date (4:08) but probably the most enjoyable marathon I’ve run on the sacred, red and dusty land close to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. An amazing experience.
Thanks to my beautiful wife and support crew, Juliet Warne, for braving the cold sunrise and then hanging around in the middle of the desert into the 30degree heat of the day to cheer me on!
A big thank you to My Sponsors
Anthony Matthews23 Sep 2017
Amazing effort mate .... all the best !
Annie Crawford20 Sep 2017
Ben - Thank you so much for your continued amazing support of Can Too!!! You are incredible and I feel grateful to have you on the team
Walshie20 Sep 2017
Great work Ben, and good luck with the next 6!
Petra Mcgeorge20 Sep 2017
Well done Ben!
David Malcolm19 Sep 2017
Great run Ben. Good luck on the rest of your trip around Australia!
Anonymous17 Sep 2017
Lee And Don17 Sep 2017
Fantastic run today - congratulations!
Etel Hammond-roldan14 Sep 2017
A small contribution to your fundraising goal. Run well Ben
Paul & Hilary24 Aug 2017
James Hasemer11 Aug 2017
The Harrell Family04 Aug 2017
Go Ben! 1 down; 7 to go! You are an inspiration to all!
Anonymous03 Aug 2017
Annie Crawford31 Jul 2017
You are unbelievable!!! Thank you so much for your support through Can Too Beyond!!
N & M Wyrill31 Jul 2017
Awesome effort Ben. Good luck!
James Shillo31 Jul 2017
Jackie31 Jul 2017
A wonderful effort Ben - much luck with the remaining 7!
Lucy Hookway31 Jul 2017
Amazing work Ben - good luck
Gus Medeiros31 Jul 2017
Well done Ben!
Murrae Ross-eskell30 Jul 2017
I think you are mad but you have all my respect!! Hope it continues to go well!!
Kate & Michael Phillip30 Jul 2017
Well done Ben! You're amazing.
You Are Amazing!28 Jul 2017
Legend! With love, The Ruddicks
Freiheits24 Jul 2017
What happened to the old days when birthdays resulted in a few beers with a few mates....8 marathons? outstanding!
Thomas Family21 Jul 2017
Good on you Ben, look forward to seeing the progress. Perhaps the shaved head will make you go faster!
Jim & Jane18 Jul 2017
Good Luck Ben - enjoy the drink stations at the Barossa Marathon looking forward to seeing you with my haircut
Richard And Pamela17 Jul 2017
Love this challenge. Good luck with the training.
Andrew Hardy17 Jul 2017
Well Done Ben, very best of luck.
Anonymous07 Jul 2017
Very impressive you are a good man, run well
Phil29 Jun 2017
Better you than me Ben. good luck!! Phil and Kirsty
Tim And Caro28 Jun 2017
Great effort Ben. Enjoy the time on the road and see you in Barossa. Cheers, Tim and Caro and kids
Dan28 Jun 2017
I would have doubled it if you had done the Antarctic.
Mccasker Family28 Jun 2017
Go Ben - looking forward to the updates
James Hasemer28 Jun 2017
Too much time on your hands, I reckon!
Anonymous28 Jun 2017
Good luck Ben!!!
Moorcroft Family28 Jun 2017
Run Ben!, Run!
Anonymous28 Jun 2017
Good luck with all the running!
Anne Carter28 Jun 2017
Good luck Ben.
Nick Blewitt28 Jun 2017
Mate inspirational stuff, great work!!
Ab28 Jun 2017
Let the journey begin!
Anna Warne26 Jun 2017
Good luck Ben!
Anonymous26 Jun 2017
Thurgarland Family25 Jun 2017
What mid(ish) life crisis. Good luck mate. Great cause.
Scott Wagstaff24 Jun 2017
Good luck mate, hope the body holds up!
Moz Ali22 Jun 2017
Great work Ben!
Caroline Bowman21 Jun 2017
Well done Ben great cause and good luck
Meg Smith21 Jun 2017
Good luck and good running!
The Crellin Family21 Jun 2017
Fantastic effort Ben! A great cause. I hope the conditions are favourable and that you recover well.
R & R20 Jun 2017
Well done Ben ....and good luck!!
Richard19 Jun 2017
Big effort Ben. Looks like that head is getting shaved! Best of luck. Richard, John, Maia and Ruby.
The Cleary Family19 Jun 2017
Good luck with your Marathon Challenge. xo
Andrew19 Jun 2017
Awesome challenge and great cause
Joe Turner19 Jun 2017
You better shave your head.
Nic Hyde19 Jun 2017
Big commitment Ben - good luck and friendly conditions!
Cam Smyth19 Jun 2017
Nice one Ben - we need an update as to what is getting shaved if you hit 7.5k....
The Andersons18 Jun 2017
Ben - what a schedule! Great causes.....we wish you all the very best of luck with the training and the running! Mark, Emma, Joe and Fred xx
Philippa Jameson18 Jun 2017
Amazing undertaking ! Good luck & enjoy !
Sedgwick Family18 Jun 2017
Awesome effort Ben. We will be tracking you.
B-l Family18 Jun 2017
Good luck Ben. Great effort and example to the rest of us !!!
Anonymous18 Jun 2017
Have fun, enjoy and good luck. Maybe Juliet may need the good luck with support! xo
Beardsell Family18 Jun 2017
Great cause! Well done.
Mags Mead16 Jun 2017
What a legend! Unbelievable challenge and a great cause. Very best of luck from all the Meads xxx
Kristin Stammer16 Jun 2017
Go Ben - amazing goal.
Sarah And Mick16 Jun 2017
A cause close to our hearts. Good luck Ben - what an amazing challenge!
Stuart Towers16 Jun 2017
Good work Ben, love your work and efforts to raise money for this excellent cause.
Gemma Kovaloff16 Jun 2017
All the best!
Don And Lee16 Jun 2017
Go Ben - well done! We're with you ALL THE WAY !
Jon S16 Jun 2017
Max16 Jun 2017
Great cause Ben, best of luck.
Anonymous16 Jun 2017
Mark S16 Jun 2017
Awesome, good luck.
Kody Hayes16 Jun 2017
Good on you, Ben. [Don't] Break a leg!
C. Tan16 Jun 2017
Best of luck and stay injury free mate!
Chris Black16 Jun 2017
Flag Group16 Jun 2017
Great Challenge Ben and a great cause, we hope you go well
Ben Stammer01 May 2017