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Brain Cancer Patient to Run 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days

James Radke

Next week, 47-year-old BethAnn Telford will run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. In 2005, she was diagnosed with brain cancer and she will run the marathons while still having cancer cells in her body.
 
BethAnn continues to have seizures and is blind in one eye. But that has not stopped her from starting each day at 2:30 am to train for these marathons.
 
Her cancer also impacted her bladder which means she will run the 7 marathons wearing a catheter.

Why?

Asking why a marathon runner runs will often lead to a Sir Edmund Hillary-esque answer but in BethAnn’s case, the answer is for the kids.
 
BethAnn is running for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) which is a non-profit organization started by AOL co-founder Steve Case, that is investing in research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to cure brain cancer. Many brain cancer patients are children.
 
In a news release, BethAnn said, "Since I wasn’t able to have kids, I’ve 'adopted' hundreds and hundreds of children [with pediatric cancer] where I’ve tried to instill in them, and their families, that there’s hope." During the marathons, she'll be running with pictures of those children clipped to her race belt. She'll also be wearing running shoes decorated by the children.
 
“I’ve overcome so many obstacles because of this cancer,” said Telford. “When I’m running around the world, I will find a way to push through the pain and the fatigue by remembering who I’m representing.  I wish to be an example of hope and inspiration to so many others fighting cancer or anyone who has faced a setback in their life.”

Pledge per Mile

Since her 2005 diagnosis, BethAnn has helped raise more than $835,000 for brain cancer research. With the 7 continent marathon run, she hopes to pass the $1,000,000 mark. To do that, she needs to raise $185,000 (or $900 per mile).
 
To pledge your support, go to pledgeit.org/selfeet
 
A video about BethAnn from her Pledgeit drive is shown below.

 
 

The 2017 World Marathon Challenge 

The World Marathon Challenge will consist of 33 runners running 7 marathons in Antarctica (Union Glacier), South America (Punta Arenas, Chile), North America (Miami, USA), Europe (Madri, Spain), Africa (Marrakech, Morroco), Asia (Dubai, UAE), and Australia/Oceania (Syndey, Australia).
 
Participants will run 295 km or 183 miles in total and between marathons, they will spend approximately 60 hours in airplanes (business class).
 
The tentative schedule is:
 
January 23, 2017: Run 26.2 miles in Antarctica. Temperature expected to be -200C.
Runners have up to 8 hours to complete the marathon.
After the run, participants will fly to Chile (starting time dependent on weather).
 



January 24, 2017: Run 26.2 miles in Punta Arenas, Chile
starting at 5:00 am.
Temperature expected to be 100C. Runners have up to 8 hours to complete the marathon.
After the run, participants will fly to Miami that evening.
 
January 25, 2017: Run 26.2 miles in Miami starting at 6:30 am.
Temperature expected to be 200C. Runners have up to 8 hours to complete the marathon.
After the run, participants will fly to Madrid (via Lisbon) that evening.
 
January 26, 2017: Run 26.2 miles in Madrid starting at noon.
Temperature expected to be 60C. Runners have up to 8 hours to complete the marathon.
After the run, participants will fly to Marrakech that evening.
 
January 27, 2017: Run 26.2 miles in Marrakech starting at 8:00 am.
Temperature expected to be 130C. Runners have up to 8 hours to complete the marathon.
After the run, participants will fly to Dubai that evening.
 
January 28, 2017: Run 26.2 miles in Dubai starting at 9:00 am.
Temperature expected to be 180C. Runners have up to 8 hours to complete the marathon.
After the run, participants will fly to Sydney that evening.
 
January 29, 2017. Run 26.2 miles in Sydney starting at 10:00 pm.
Temperature expected to be 250C. Runners have up to 8 hours to complete the marathon and then they can rest.
 
 
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