2012 Challenge

52 Marathons in 52 Weeks

While training for my first and only 100 mile race, The Beast of Burden (http://summer100.com/), in Lockport New York, I was constantly being asked what’s next?

I would respond rather glibly that I’d go back to running marathons as they were so much easier to train for.  Not to undermine the efforts required to train for a marathon, but after all the 40+ runs I had to do for the ultra marathons, limiting the runs to 42.2km
would be a welcome change.

But I knew that I wouldn’t be challenged simply running a few marathons a year.  I do need a challenge!

During various conversations with friends the idea was born to run 52 marathons next year. I turn 52 in December so it just made sense then to run 52 marathons over the course of the year. While not feasible for me to run 52 registered events, I would nonetheless run the marathon distance (42.2km) once a week.

While there may be a few registered events, for the most part, the runs will take place on Sunday mornings.  I currently lead a group on Sunday runs and we leave from the Arboretum at 8:00 am.  The distance of the group run will vary…..for now it will be 20km and then as we head into Ottawa Marathon training season, the distances will increase.  I  will do my remaining mileage either before or after the group run.  These runs are open to everyone and while we may run at different speeds, I am hoping that there will always be someone to run with and quite frankly, the more the merrier!

For the past two years I have been raising money for the snow suit fund (http://www.snowsuitfund.com/) by doing the  “5 to 50 snowsuit fun run”. (5 to 50)  This is a 50 km run where we run 10 loops of 5km on the second Saturday of December.   It is not a registered event but it’s a way for people to come out and run a few loops or even all 10 just for the fun of it.

I will continue to raise money for the snow suit fund, so this years “5 to 50″ on December 10 will be the launch of the 52@52  event with the first marathon beginning the following week (December 18)and finishing at next years “5 to 50″.  My goal is to raise $5,200.

To raise as much money as I can for the snow suit fund I will be looking for sponsors to products or services for a gift basket that would be drawn at the final run.