As global awareness of the need to combat climate change grows, more and more individuals search for ways to make a difference. For some, this means driving less or eating less meat to reduce their carbon footprint. Others, however, use marathon running as a means of raising funds and awareness for environmental causes.
Erchana Murray-Bartlett recently made headlines by completing 150 marathons in 150 days, running 6,300 kilometers (3,900 miles) from the northernmost point of Australia to Melbourne in the south. If confirmed by Guinness World Records, this achievement would surpass Kate Jayden’s previous world record of 106 consecutive marathons, which she set last year.
Each day, Murray-Bartlett ran 42.2 kilometers (26.2 miles) and raised more than 118,000 Australian dollars ($82,130) for The Wilderness Society, with proceeds going to the conservation of Australia’s native animals. Nedd Brockmann, an additional Australian runner, ran nearly 4,000 kilometers (2 500 miles) in 47 days from west to east in 2022, raising $2 million AUD ($1.26 million).
There is an opportunity to use the growing popularity of marathon running to raise funds and awareness for environmental causes. Marathon runners can use their platforms to bring attention to the need for action on climate change and encourage others to make small changes in their own lives that can have a significant impact.
Therefore, if you are considering running marathons, consider using your platform to help save the environment. It’s an excellent way to stay fit and healthy while also making a positive impact on the world.