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Couple in 60s to run a marathon every day of 2013

Posted by: Ellen Feely | 5 December, 2012 - 2:13 PM
Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray to run a marathon on each day of 2013.

A couple in their sixties have committed to running a marathon a day, every day in 2013.

Speaking with Neil Mitchell, Janette Murray-Wakelin, 63, said she and her husband Alan Murray, 67, are committed to running the full 42.3km each day around Australia, having already run 6,000km this year in preparation.

If successful, the pair will have logged 15,439.5km each by the year’s end.

When asked why they would put their bodies through a marathon for 365 days straight, Ms Murray-Wakelin said: “Because we can.”

”It's something we can do to help inspire people. The run itself, it's an awareness and fundraising event to inspire and motivate people to think more consciously about the choices they make.”

Download the Neil Mitchell podcast to hear the full interview

Ever since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Ms Murray-Wakelin has consumed raw, nutrient-laden foods and increased the distance she would run to help fight the disease. She said despite being told she had six months to live, she decided against undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

In order to avoid injury, the pair will run in ‘barefoot shoes’ which Ms Murray-Wakelin said was akin to running barefoot: “So when you're running barefoot, you're running the way your body technically works and therefore you don't get injured.”

Ms Murray-Wakelin denied she was an ‘old hippy’, describing herself as an ultra-runner and a ‘very conscious thinker.

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  • Wow, all kudos to you both for your commitment to fit and enquired lives. And may you continue to enjoy your companionship.

    mk Wednesday 3 April, 2013 - 5:07 AM
  • Why run 42.3k a day when the marathon is 42.195k?

    Terry Wednesday 2 January, 2013 - 11:44 AM
  • Knowing, from personal experience, the deletarious effects of running even a single marathon, I am concerned for their long-term health. I can only hope that they are made of sterner stuff than most and that it doesn't get them down.
    Also fascinated to see the effects of long-term use of 'barefoot' shoes. Thanks for being guinea pigs for the rest of us! What sort, BTW? Toed or toeless?

    Terry Wednesday 2 January, 2013 - 9:32 AM
  • Good luck Janette and Alan.
    Wish you well

    David Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 11:51 PM
  • WOW!!! I'm inspired!! So you can reverse even advanced cancer with diet and lifestyle, and run a marathon a day years later to tell about it!!! I hope this catches on!!! All the best for your run, you brilliant two!!! :-)

    Jo Wednesday 5 December, 2012 - 4:52 PM

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