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As if running the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon isn’t an astonishing enough feat, one man has taken on an epic challenge to run it 50 times in the 50 days leading up to the race.
Dave Chamberlain is celebrating the Two Oceans’ 50th anniversary by running the race 50 times over - totalling a mind-blowing 2800km.
He's already clocked up 25 of the 50 runs, putting more than 1400km behind him. Determination keeps him going.
“I think it’s just pigheaded stubbornness,” Chamberlain said.
“I have a belief that this project is within the realm of most people, so I feel I have to prove it. I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t.”
He’s doing the 50-50-50 challenge in aid of BirdLife South Africa, raising funds for the African Penguin Relocation Project.
It is not Chamberlain’s first crazy long-distance challenge. The Pretoria-born athlete has run the length of Argentina, crossed Canada and run through the Namibian desert to Port Elizabeth.
To tackle this latest endurance adventure, he wakes up every morning at 4.30am, and focuses on eating a carb-rich breakfast before getting his run started at 6am in Newlands.
“I don’t worry about tomorrow or day 30, otherwise I’d do my head in,” he said. “Days 4, 5 and 6 are awful, as your body is getting used to it. Everything is inflamed, and your tendons feel like they want to snap.
“Then the body learns how to adapt and ups its efficiency at dealing with all the waste products.” Once your body gets used to the demands of running an ultra marathon over and over, he said that each day’s run becomes active recovery from the day before.
“The body actually heals itself while you’re running,” he said. Approaching the halfway mark this week, Chamberlain said he was feeling physically strong, but running the same loop every day was taking its toll psychologically.
“I feel like my body has adapted to the distance, it’s holding up much better than anticipated,” he said.
“It’s going to be a test of the mind. The boredom is going to be my biggest threat.”(03/28/2019) ⚡AMP
Cape Town’s most prestigious race, the 56km Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon, takes athletes on a spectacular course around the Cape Peninsula. It is often voted the most breathtaking course in the world. The event is run under the auspices of the IAAF, Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA). The Ultra Marathon celebrates its 50thanniversary in...more...