Healthy Living

7 Marathons, 7 Days, 7 Continents: A Man's Inspiring Way to Raise Money for Parkinson's Disease

Cape Town and Perth, Australia. Two marathons done in under 8 hours

Bret crossed the finish line in Cape Town, coming in at 6 hours 47 minutes and 50 seconds.

The next leg of the run was in Perth, Australia. He slept for about 6 hours between Perth and Cape Town on the chartered plane. Bret was proud to be a part of 16 of the competitors who collectively raised approximately $1 million for multiple charities. And, their entry fees of about $45,000 were paid by an anonymous benefactor.

As the plane approached Perth, Bret discovered a blister on the ball of his left foot the size of a big cookie. His right foot and left shin were hurting, so much so that cried on the bus. Before the race, he posted a Facebook status, “It’s possible I won’t make it through this one. I know I shouldn’t even admit that before I start and it’s all very emotional for me, but after the joy, I felt (and posted about) I thought I should share the lows as well to keep it real.”

Bret made it through the Perth portion of the marathon by being careful and keeping a consistent walking pace. He started to run at the end of the race to ensure that he made it before the cutoff of 8 hours. Bret crossed the finish line at 7 hours and 52 minutes.