MyMarathon 2018: round the world 12 times over

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The statistics for MyMarathon 2018 are in, and they show that almost 13,000 participants covered more than half a million kilometres during the month-long event – enough to circumnavigate the globe over a dozen times.

The statistics for MyMarathon 2018 are in, and they show that almost 13,000 participants covered more than half a million kilometres during the month-long event – enough to circumnavigate the globe over a dozen times.

MyMarathon is a unique event that gives participants the whole month of October to run, jog, walk, wheel or swim the distance of a marathon (42.2 kilometres). It encourages Australians of all fitness levels to be more active, while also raising money for the Heart Foundation.

This year, 12,892 Australians registered for MyMarathon – about 50% more than in the inaugural event in 2017. Participants came from every state and territory, as well as from as far away as Antarctica and New Zealand.

Collectively, they have travelled a total of 507,936 kilometres. This is enough to complete more than 12,000 marathons; traverse the nation from east to west more than 130 times; and even to reach the moon.

To date, they have also raised more than $878,000 for the Heart Foundation, which will fund vital services, research and programs to fight heart disease.

While MyMarathon 2018 officially ended on 31 October, all fundraising pages will be open until the end of November, allowing continued sponsorship from participants’ family, friends and colleagues.

Heart Foundation Chief Development Officer, Julia Tauber, said she would like to extend a heart-felt thank-you to everyone who participated in MyMarathon 2018.

“MyMarathon is a fantastic initiative, because it not only gets Australians moving, but also helps the Heart Foundation achieve its goal of a nation where people don’t suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease,” Ms Tauber said.

“We are incredibly grateful to MyMarathon 2018 participants for their fundraising efforts. As an example, the funds raised so far could pay for more than 870 DNA tests to help determine genetic factors contributing to heart disease,” she said.

“MyMarathon fundraising pages will remain active until the end of November. We encourage participants to keep posting about MyMarathon on their social media.

“We trust that people will use their success with MyMarathon as motivation for life-long physical activity and an ongoing relationship with the Heart Foundation.”

While the Heart Foundation is thankful for every cent raised by every participant, special mention must go to the highest fundraisers at the official conclusion of MyMarathon 2018.

As at 31 October, Sydneysider Madeleine Brooks was the highest fundraising individual, with a total of almost $9,000 collected from more than 100 supporters.

Madeleine, aged 23, registered for MyMarathon in honour of her father, Rocky, who died of a heart attack in April this year at the age of just 59.

“My dad was a beautiful guy with the biggest heart of them all,” said Madeleine, who completed 120 kilometres during her MyMarathon challenge.

“His death came as a complete shock, because he was a fit and healthy man who did his 10,000 steps a day and had a physically demanding job.

“I decided to do MyMarathon in loving memory of him. Raising money for the Heart Foundation is a great way to pay tribute to my dad, and to all the other families who have lost a loved one or are going through this pain.”

Meanwhile, the highest MyMarathon fundraising team as at 31 October was HeaRTL. The team comprises 26 employees from RTL Mining and Earthworks in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, which has so far raised $15,120 and logged more than 1300 kilometres.

Sebastian Myers, RTL’s senior health, safety and environment coordinator, said MyMarathon has been a terrific bonding experience for the company.

“We have offices in various locations across the Latrobe Valley. MyMarathon is one of the things that is linking us all together and working towards a common goal,” he said.

“Some RTL staff have already been touched by heart disease, and this has also provided a good opportunity to remind them about the steps they can take to be heart healthy.”

Media enquiries: Siobhan McMahon, Media Manager – Physical Activity, Heart Foundation
M: 0478 313 656 E: siobhan.mcmahon@heartfoundation.org.au

MyMarathon is the trademark of the British Heart Foundation.