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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!):

Jul-17     

 NT

Australian Outback Marathon

Sep-17

 NSW

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival Marathon

Oct-17

 VIC

Melbourne Marathon

Dec-17

 ACT

Canberra Summer Marathon Series

Jan-18

 Tasmania

Cadbury Marathon Hobart

Apr-18

 WA

Bunbury Marathon

May-18

 SA

Barossa Marathon

Jul-18

 QLD

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!

My Blog

#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!

 

Cheers

Ben

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!

 
Thank-you also for your generous support in donating 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
 
I will now recover for a week and then get back into the training for the Sydney Blackmores Running Festival Marathon on the 17th Sep 2017 (for which, based on your generous support in reaching my initial fundraising target, I WILL be shaving my head). 
 
Thanks again for your wishes and support - only 7 marathons to go over the next 11 months!

A big thank you to My Sponsors

Anthony Matthews

23 Sep 2017

Amazing effort mate .... all the best !

Kindly donated $208

Annie Crawford

20 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

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Walshie

20 Sep 2017

Great work Ben, and good luck with the next 6!

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Petra Mcgeorge

20 Sep 2017

Well done Ben!

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David Malcolm

19 Sep 2017

Great run Ben. Good luck on the rest of your trip around Australia!

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Anonymous

17 Sep 2017

Kindly donated $21

Lee And Don

17 Sep 2017

Fantastic run today - congratulations!

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Etel Hammond-roldan

14 Sep 2017

A small contribution to your fundraising goal. Run well Ben

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Paul & Hilary

24 Aug 2017

Outstanding effort

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James Hasemer

11 Aug 2017

Go Ben!

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The Harrell Family

04 Aug 2017

Go Ben! 1 down; 7 to go! You are an inspiration to all!

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Anonymous

03 Aug 2017

Kindly donated $100

Annie Crawford

31 Jul 2017

You are unbelievable!!! Thank you so much for your support through Can Too Beyond!!

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N & M Wyrill

31 Jul 2017

Awesome effort Ben. Good luck!

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James Shillo

31 Jul 2017

Awesome work

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Jackie

31 Jul 2017

A wonderful effort Ben - much luck with the remaining 7!

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Lucy Hookway

31 Jul 2017

Amazing work Ben - good luck

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Gus Medeiros

31 Jul 2017

Well done Ben!

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Murrae Ross-eskell

30 Jul 2017

I think you are mad but you have all my respect!! Hope it continues to go well!!

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Kate & Michael Phillip

30 Jul 2017

Well done Ben! You're amazing.

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You Are Amazing!

28 Jul 2017

Legend! With love, The Ruddicks

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Freiheits

24 Jul 2017

What happened to the old days when birthdays resulted in a few beers with a few mates....8 marathons? outstanding!

Kindly donated $510

Thomas Family

21 Jul 2017

Good on you Ben, look forward to seeing the progress. Perhaps the shaved head will make you go faster!

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Jim & Jane

18 Jul 2017

Good Luck Ben - enjoy the drink stations at the Barossa Marathon looking forward to seeing you with my haircut

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Richard And Pamela

17 Jul 2017

Love this challenge. Good luck with the training.

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Andrew Hardy

17 Jul 2017

Well Done Ben, very best of luck.

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Anonymous

07 Jul 2017

Very impressive you are a good man, run well

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Phil

29 Jun 2017

Better you than me Ben. good luck!! Phil and Kirsty

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Tim And Caro

28 Jun 2017

Great effort Ben. Enjoy the time on the road and see you in Barossa. Cheers, Tim and Caro and kids

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Dan

28 Jun 2017

I would have doubled it if you had done the Antarctic.

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Mccasker Family

28 Jun 2017

Go Ben - looking forward to the updates

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James Hasemer

28 Jun 2017

Too much time on your hands, I reckon!

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Anonymous

28 Jun 2017

Good luck Ben!!!

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Moorcroft Family

28 Jun 2017

Run Ben!, Run!

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Anonymous

28 Jun 2017

Good luck with all the running!

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Anne Carter

28 Jun 2017

Good luck Ben.

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Nick Blewitt

28 Jun 2017

Mate inspirational stuff, great work!!

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Ab

28 Jun 2017

Let the journey begin!

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Anna Warne

26 Jun 2017

Good luck Ben!

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Anonymous

26 Jun 2017

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Thurgarland Family

25 Jun 2017

What mid(ish) life crisis. Good luck mate. Great cause.

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Scott Wagstaff

24 Jun 2017

Good luck mate, hope the body holds up!

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Moz Ali

22 Jun 2017

Great work Ben!

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Caroline Bowman

21 Jun 2017

Well done Ben great cause and good luck

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Meg Smith

21 Jun 2017

Good luck and good running!

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The Crellin Family

21 Jun 2017

Fantastic effort Ben! A great cause. I hope the conditions are favourable and that you recover well.

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R & R

20 Jun 2017

Well done Ben ....and good luck!!

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Richard

19 Jun 2017

Big effort Ben. Looks like that head is getting shaved! Best of luck. Richard, John, Maia and Ruby.

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The Cleary Family

19 Jun 2017

Good luck with your Marathon Challenge. xo

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Andrew

19 Jun 2017

Awesome challenge and great cause

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Joe Turner

19 Jun 2017

You better shave your head.

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Nic Hyde

19 Jun 2017

Big commitment Ben - good luck and friendly conditions!

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Cam Smyth

19 Jun 2017

Nice one Ben - we need an update as to what is getting shaved if you hit 7.5k....

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The Andersons

18 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

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Philippa Jameson

18 Jun 2017

Amazing undertaking ! Good luck & enjoy !

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Sedgwick Family

18 Jun 2017

Awesome effort Ben. We will be tracking you.

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B-l Family

18 Jun 2017

Good luck Ben. Great effort and example to the rest of us !!!

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Anonymous

18 Jun 2017

Have fun, enjoy and good luck. Maybe Juliet may need the good luck with support! xo

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Beardsell Family

18 Jun 2017

Great cause! Well done.

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Mags Mead

16 Jun 2017

What a legend! Unbelievable challenge and a great cause. Very best of luck from all the Meads xxx

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Kristin Stammer

16 Jun 2017

Go Ben - amazing goal.

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Sarah And Mick

16 Jun 2017

A cause close to our hearts. Good luck Ben - what an amazing challenge!

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Stuart Towers

16 Jun 2017

Good work Ben, love your work and efforts to raise money for this excellent cause.

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Gemma Kovaloff

16 Jun 2017

All the best!

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Don And Lee

16 Jun 2017

Go Ben - well done! We're with you ALL THE WAY !

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Jon S

16 Jun 2017

Kindly donated $208

Max

16 Jun 2017

Great cause Ben, best of luck.

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Anonymous

16 Jun 2017

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Mark S

16 Jun 2017

Awesome, good luck.

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Kody Hayes

16 Jun 2017

Good on you, Ben. [Don't] Break a leg!

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C. Tan

16 Jun 2017

Best of luck and stay injury free mate!

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Chris Black

16 Jun 2017

Good luck

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Flag Group

16 Jun 2017

Great Challenge Ben and a great cause, we hope you go well

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Ben Stammer

01 May 2017

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