PUBLISHED ON: 2 September 2013
Through the silent dawn, tired and far from home, they keep running – because they want to make the world a better place.
Alan Murray and Janette Murray-Wakelin have run nearly 250 marathons in as many days, and will continue to get up every single morning and run another until they reach Melbourne on New Year's Eve. Then, on January 1st, they will run one more – setting a world record for 366 marathons in 366 days. By the end of this incredible feat, they will have run roughly 15,500km.
They aren't doing this for glory (although they deserve it!) – they are doing it to raise funds for Animals Australia and other charities, and to share a message of kindness and conscious living. Both in their 60s, Janette and Alan credit healthy raw vegan living and exercise for helping Janette beat cancer a decade ago. They are determined to inspire and empower others to take simple steps towards a healthier self and kinder world.
Since recently completing 200 consecutive daily marathons as a duo in their 60s, Alan and Janette are already setting a world record every day — and they still have nearly 5,000 kilometres to go!
They have run through bitter hail, searing heat and endless deserts. Up hills and down again. They have run through grandchildren's birthdays and the loss of a dear friend. The kindness of strangers is helping them through, as is their vitamin-packed raw vegan diet.
And during the difficult times, they just keep running. As they say:
It was a dark and stormy night, the lightning struck and the thunder crashed and the crew said to the runners, “How are you going to run in this tomorrow?” And the runners said, “One step at a time.”
Alan and Janette's commitment and perseverance are awe-inspiring, but don't worry, you can help them create a kinder world without running a marathon a day!
How you can help Alan and Janette
- Volunteer: the Running Raw Around Australia team is looking for support crew for the final legs of their journey – Click here for details
- Make a donation through their website to celebrate their achievements and support Animals Australia's work.
- Send Alan and Janette a message of support on their Facebook page
- Find out more about compassionate and healthy living.
Title graphic courtesy of Kohii Love Photography