Australia couple pledges to run 365 marathons in 2013
MELBOURNE, Australia (WHDH) -- When you're in your 60's, you may be thinking about retirement.
But an Australian couple is going to work even more in 2013
That's because their new year's resolution is to run 365 marathons during 2013.
The countdown to begin clocking up the kilometers, at 6:30 Tuesday morning grandparents Alan and Jeanette Murray-Wakelin embarked on the run of a lifetime.
They've vowed to complete a marathon everyday of 2013.
“We're trying to inspire others to make conscious lifestyle choices, every choice they make in life,” said Jeannette Murray-Wakelin.
The couple in their sixties is promoting healthy, sustainable living as they set off to cover more than fifteen thousand kilometers around the country and raise money for various charities.
But they haven't always been in fine form.
“Twenty years ago I wouldn't be able to run one city block, couldn't run a hundred meters, a city block but since then I’ve lost 23 kilos, fifty pounds and I just feel so much better,” said Alan.
“Not only that but I get a younger man without the divorce,” said Jeannette.
Ten years ago Jeanette was diagnosed with breast cancer and was given six months to live.
She believes eating raw, vegan food saved her life and the pair will rely on that diet to fuel the 365 marathons.
In New Zealand in 2000 the endurance athletes ran 50 marathons in 50 days.
But this year holds a far greater challenge for the run-raw-duo.
Day one: 42 kilometers down, still thousands to go.
Mrs. Murray-Wakelin said she hopes the couple's marathon effort will inspire people to make more healthy choices in their life.