Around mile 11 of my recent San Antonio Rock ’N’ Roll Marathon, I started to think it would be nice to chat with someone for a few miles. Right as the half marathoners turned left, and we full folks kept heading south, I started to slowly pass a fellow runner in a Superman-esque costume with “Marathon Man” emblazoned across the cape. As I went by, I noticed an Australian flag on his sleeve. Now, we don’t see a whole lot of Aussies down here in San Antonio, so I struck up a conversation.
Turns out, I was chatting with Trent Morrow, the Marathon Man. As we passed the next couple miles, Trent told me his story. He originally hails from Sydney, but now resides on the US East Coast. A few years ago, he was an accomplished runner and received word that his stepmother was dying from lung cancer. He set out to pay tribute to both her and his mother, who had also died from cancer many years prior. Over the course of that year, he ran 160 marathons, including at least one on each of the seven continents. He is the current world record holder for that feat. However, once he made the record, he kept going and actually completed 200 marathons in a 16 month period! And I was running my first…
For you math-types, that's a bit more than three marathons a week for 60 weeks. Since we were running in San Antonio, Trent told me how on the weekend in 2013 when he was in San Antonio to run the Rock ’N’ Roll, he started by running a marathon in Charlotte, NC on Saturday and flew to San Antonio, got to the hotel by midnight, started the San Antonio marathon at 7am on Sunday. After completing the San Antonio run, he changed clothes in his car, drove to the airport and flew to Las Vegas to run the Rock ’N’ Roll there that same night.
As I write this, I’m about four days out from my first marathon experience and am only starting to accept that one day, perhaps in several months, I may run another. 160 in one year? Wow. Hopefully, the next time I'm out for a marathon, I'll have a chance to run with him again. The next time you are out on the course, look for the chap in the superhero costume.
Check out the full story and peruse the marathons he completed at marathonman.com.au