PUBLISHED ON: 6 January 2014
Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray held hands as they crossed the finish line on New Year's Day in Melbourne... 366 days and 15,500km after first setting out on their historic run around Australia for charity – and a decade after Janette beat cancer.
Powered by fresh fruits and vegetables, they ran a marathon a day for a year and a day to raise awareness of healthy living, and encourage kindness to animals, people and the planet. Both in their 60s, the raw vegans have claimed the world records for most consecutive marathons by a woman, man and couple – and inspired thousands of people across the country.
Alan and Janette cross the finish line on January 1st
And what were they planning to do on January 2nd? Sleep in... and probably go for a run.
"We might have finished the marathons, but this is just the beginning, and together we will make a difference," Janette told ABC News.
This amazing duo will continue to share their story and knowledge at events and speaking engagements throughout 2014.
- You can celebrate Alan and Janette's achievements and support Animals Australia's work by making a donation through their website.
- Send Alan and Janette a message of support and keep up to date with their plans for 2014 via their Facebook page.
- If you'd like to set yourself a challenge to help animals (it doesn't have to be a marathon a day!), it only takes minutes to set up your own personal Animals Australia fundraising page.
- Find out more about compassionate and healthy living.
Title graphic: The Age