Marathon feat almost accomplished
Brisbane ultra marathon runner William Wragg has almost completed his goal of running 50 marathons in 50 days to raise money for charity and prove "the ability of humans to do more with themselves".PT1M53S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-29y2j 620 349 November 23, 2012
A Brisbane man who is running 50 marathons in 50 days to raise awareness for Youngcare says anyone can do his gruelling regime - it is just all down to the style of running.
William Wragg, 26, has been running 42.2 kilometres every day since October 14 and plans to finish his 50 marathons with a double or triple marathon to "prove a point".
He embarked on the challenge to raise awareness for Youngcare, a charity that helps young people who live in nursing homes and do not have any alternative housing options.
Brisbane runner William Wragg. Photo: Scott Beveridge
The Annerley man said he got the idea when he read about someone who had done a similar thing.
However, as well as raising money for Youngcare he wanted to prove it was not a huge feat to run 42.2 kilometres every morning for almost three months.
"I didn't think the message he [the original multi-marathon runner] gave was brilliant because he was suggesting it was an incredibly crazy sort of thing that nobody could do," he said.
"I looked at it and thought 'I could do that' and not only could I do that but I could teach other people how to do that.
"I truly believe I could teach anyone to do that."
Mr Wragg puts the feat down to the style of running he uses - Chi - which he explains as a type of controlled fall where you work with gravity to run constantly at the tipping point where you would usually fall over.
He has not followed any special carbohydrate loading diet that usually goes hand in hand with running a marathon and said if he was feeling hungry he would just have an "extra sandwich".
Mr Wragg became a Chi running convert when he was injured over four years and suffered shin splints, so worked with a physio to develop a running style which would not injure him.
"I came across Chi running and I instantly went from 30 minutes of running which resulted in pain to being able to do three hours, and within a month or two I would almost not consider it worth running if it was less than two and a half hours," he said.
He discovered Chi running last year and it takes him about three and a half hours to do 42 kilometres though Mr Wragg professes not to be interested in time.
Each morning he gets up about 4am and sets off soon after to run a marathon and then goes straight to work, or heads home for a shower before jumping on his bike and riding to his job in the city.
His route usually takes him from Annerly to the University of Queensland and then along Coronation Drive through the City and New Farm to the Gateway Motorway and back. He will complete his last marathon on December 2.
He said in the last few days he plans to run a double or triple marathon to prove that he is still strong.
Youngcare CEO Mark Foley praised Mr Wragg's efforts, saying they were nothing short of heroic and he was on track to raise $5000 for the charity.
"William's stamina and determination is not only inspiring, but he is truly putting himself outside of his comfort zone each and every day, something that young people living in aged care endure daily," Mr Foley said.
"We are truly grateful for William's commitment and encourage Australia to get behind this incredible human."
Mr Wragg's marathons will finish on December 2 with a fund-raising event at Victoria Park Golf Club.
So what is he looking forward to after clocking up more than 2000 kilometres of running in 50 days?
"This sounds a bit silly but I'm really missing running on the mountain, so I'll probably go and do some up-road running," he said.