He has run 23 marathons and other experiences like that (long distances triathlon and ultramarathons). Marco has chosen to participate in Run For The Young just to have a valid reason to visit Australia (a small part of it). How awesome is that?! We are looking forward to hosting you Marco!
Zach Keuken - Australia
I started running about 2 years ago through Lillydale Lake parkrun to improve my fitness whilst not playing basketball, and I ran my first half marathon at Run for the Young in 2016. I’ve now set myself the challenge of completing my first marathon and couldn’t think of a better event to do it at than Run for the Young. I’ve grown up in the Lilydale area, and as such I’ve seen the difference and impact that Bridge Builders has had on the lives of a few of my friends and the community in general over a number of years, which is why I am so keen to support their great work by participating in Run for the Young again, and allow them to continue providing their services to those who need it within our community. The fact that the event takes place along the beautiful Warburton Trail is just an added bonus.
Ben - Melbourne, AUS
“My path to 50 marathons started with Melbourne marathon in 2008. I was not prepared and finished in screaming heap proclaiming I would never run that distance again! By the end of 2010 I had finally broken 4 hours on my third marathon attempt. Now I was addicted to running and thought 10 marathons would be a good goal. 10 came and went quickly and all things going well “Run for the young” will be my 50th marathon – who knows if I’ll ever get to 100 but I’ll keep going while I enjoy it. I’m not a fast runner over this distance and it’s still a challenge – completing 12 this year has been a real test. Run for the Young is my “local” marathon and will be easy for family and friends to watch me finish and help celebrate”
John Horvick - Oregon, USA
I started running on almost on a whim about a decade ago. My buddies entered a local 5k, and for reasons that I’m still unsure about, I decided to tag along. It was much too cold rainy to be outside, and yet I had more fun than I could have imagined. It was also a time in my life when I needed new goals and a new direction. This short race was the start to that, and I soon worked up to marathons. I have since had innumerable running adventures, from huffing an puffing up mountains, crossing the Grand Canyon, and chasing the moon across a desert. I’ve also been able to run marathons in North America, Europe and Asia. I’ll be making my first trip to Australia in November, and I am excited to experience running with you. I’ve lost most of the speed I once had, but that will give me more time to enjoy the beautiful Yarra Valley and hopefully make some new running friends. Happy training and see you soon.
Janet Aucamp - South Africa
I started walking in 2012 and have been enjoying every second of it since then. No, I do not only enjoy it afterwards – I enjoy it during the race! I have met wonderful people and have made great friends through this hobby. I have awesome friends and family in my life supporting and encouraging me along the way.
I did my first marathon in Cape Town this year, followed by the Melbourne marathon. I really want to see the road from Lillydale to Warburton and thought what a better way than participating in this race – it is happening while I am in Melbourne, so how can I not participate. I am really looking forward to this race – going to be awesome! All glory to God that I am able to do this!