Ashok has been running marathons for last 12 years. He is a proud father of two boys and husband of a loving wife who supports him in his running / adventure hobby with full heart. He has run Ironman triathlons, half Ironman triathlons, more than 47 full marathons and eight ultramarathons across the world. Ashok is dedicating the upcoming World Marathon Challenge to his younger brother, whom he lost unexpectedly a year ago.
Janine is of British / Lebanese heritage and a resident of Hong Kong for the past thirty years. She is part of the “Joint Dynamics-Gone Running” team in Hong Kong and was voted “Hong Kong’s Master Trail Runner of the Year” last year. Janine is an experienced athlete and has participated in many multi-stage races including: The 4 Desert Series, Marathon des Sables, Everest Trail Race, Costa Rica Coastal Challenge and many others. Additionally, she has run many marathons and ultras such as the Hong Kong 100, Oxfam Trailwalker, Comrades etc. Growing up as a child in a war zone, and having fled home at the age of 12, she can really relate to refugees who have been uprooted from their homes and lost everything they have. Hence, she is running to raise funds and awareness for a Hong Kong charity called RUN Hong Kong which supports local refugees and asylum seekers through the power of sport. At the same time as she is training for and running the WMC, runners in Hong Kong will be taking part in a mini 777 Challenge: running 7 marathons in 7 weeks as a way of raising funds for the refugees.
Linda is a 57-year-old who lives in Pinehurst, NC. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 14 years old. She has run most of her life, starting with her first half marathon in 1995. To date, she has run 55 half marathons, 54 full marathons, one 50k and one 50 miler – running the 50 mile race the month she turned 50! Linda completed the World Marathon Majors in 2015 when she finished the Tokyo Marathon and followed up with the World Marathon Challenge in 2019. Linda’s next two challenges include running a marathon in all 50 states and completing the World Marathon Challenge the second time!
Gina started running after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. In 2009 she ran the New York City marathon and enjoyed it so much that she ran it three more times. She went on to run other marathons including the 6 Abbott World Marathon majors. She is looking forward to a big adventure with similar enthusiasts from all over the world by participating in the World Marathon Challenge in 2020. It will be her way of celebrating her 60th birthday year.
Chen completed the Abbot World Marathon Majors and became a new ‘Six Stars Runner’ in 2018. A book about his experiences of the Abbot World Marathon Majors, ‘Run Further and Happier’, was published in China by the Xin’Hua publication House in 2019.
Wing Keung ran his first marathon in November 2014 when he completed the Antarctic Ice Marathon. Prior to the taking up running, he disliked the idea of running any distance but decided to challenge himself to run longer than 2km! With some more marathons under his belt, he became a member of both The 7 Continents Marathon Club and Grand Slam Club after completing the North Pole Marathon in April 2017. Wing Keung gained his second Grand Slam Club after completing the 2018 North Pole Marathon with a visually impaired runner. In April 2019, Wing Keung was team leader of a group of 20 Hong Kong runners, including three with ASD. The upcoming World Marathon Challenge competition will be his second time in the event, having completed the 2017 edition.
Roger has been running for as long as he can remember. His wife Carol managed to catch him in 1992 but he tragically lost her in 2019. Becky and Gary have helped him to keep going. Roger likes running non-stop and long but keeps getting distracted. Majors segued into continents into Comrades into canals and ultras. He hopes he can run across Britain from coast to coast one day. He was searching to run Antarctica when he discovered the World Marathon Challenge; what an incredible distraction...
Having lost his mother and aunt to cancer in 2011, Brian ran the Chicago Marathon in 2012 with the American Cancer Society Determination Team. Since then he has run 18 marathons, countless half marathons, and two Ironman 70.3 races. In 2016 he ran Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City Marathons, and so, as his grand finale, he is trying to raise $150,000 for the American Cancer Society via the World Marathon Challenge. He will be running with his friend and ACS teammate Keri Mandell. www.croninsmarathonsforacure.com
Lars runs a lot of half-marathons, marathons and 100K trail runs and has also finished three Ironman triathlons. Every year he looks forward to a new challenge for his mind and body, with this year’s challenge being the World Marathon Challenge.
Elaine started distance running in 2014 and completed the Gobi 80km multi-day race in October. She also finished a half marathon on the polar circle in 2015, and a half marathon distance on King George Island. Elaine is currently studying at BRS and co-founded a fashion brand for Millennials.
Graham is an expat Brummie working as a racehorse vet and based in West Wales. He often seen on the Pembrokeshire coast path running a lurcher. Graham has completed a few long distance events in the past and is looking forward to the 2020 World Marathon Challenge.
Huawei finished her first marathon in 2016 and then went on to complete the six World Marathon Majors from August 2018 to April 2019. The completion of 3 marathons in 3 days in Jan 2019 built her confidence to participate in the World Marathon Challenge and in July 2019 she finished third woman in the multi-day race ‘Around Qinghai Lake Run’.
Mark is a late-in-life father of three just returning to more serious sporting action after five years of very happy distractions. He had an active sporting life with sports such as rugby, rowing, cycling and running before learning how to swim properly and, hence, triathlon became an option as did Ironman. In 2015 he completed the Marathon Des Sables with his great friend and ‘Mr Motivator’ Graham Fowke, who joins him in the World Marathon Challenge. He looks forward to meeting new people with a common goal and seeing if getting old(er) gets in the way of getting it done!
Chen began his marathon journey ten years ago when he was 19 years old and didn’t quite know anything about the distance. He nevertheless decided to give it a try and fell in love with the sport. Chen has now completed 18 marathons and became a six-star marathoner in 2017. His favorite marathoner is of course Eliud Kipchoge and favorite quote "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional". Chen's goal for 2020 is to complete the epic World Marathon Challenge and run his first sub-2:30 marathon.
Jessica ran her first marathon in November 2013 and has since completed thirty-nine. With an impressive marathon PR of 3:09:13 she has also raced 3 ultras (one each of 50K, 50 mile, and 100K).
Alicia is a dedicated runner who has been running the marathon distance for twenty years, completing 40+ marathons in multiple countries including the UK, Germany, and Canada. She began running ultra marathons a couple of years ago and has completed a handful of 50k races and one 50 miler! She’s running the WMC as a celebration of her 45th birthday, which is a couple weeks after the finish. When not running, Alicia is a doctoral student in nursing and a mother to two young kids.
Yong is a Practicing Ophthalmologist and Chairman of the Cebu Cataract Foundation, which has performed thousands of free cataract surgeries. He is also the Chairman and founder of “Run for Sight Foundation”, from which he organizes fun runs & marathons (together with his wife Donna), and all its proceeds are used for medical missions, feeding programs and Christmas gift giving activities in the country. Yong qualified for the Boston Marathon with a personal best time of 3 hours 14 minutes and completed the Abbot World Marathon Majors in 2018 by finishing the Boston and London Marathon in quick succession. He recently ran the Antarctic Ice Marathon, his 60th marathon distance race and seventh continent, thereby becoming a member of the 7 Continents Marathon Club.
Kristina is an elite endurance runner who has represented Denmark on the national trail team and long-distance mountain team. The 34-year-old is a former boxer who started her running career in 2008. She became a professional runner in 2016 after winning the 2015 Volcano Marathon and the Jungle Ultra, a 230km self-supported multi stage race in the Amazon Jungle. Kristina holds the world record for fastest climb of Kilimanjaro and just recently won the Desert Ultra 250km. She participated in The World Marathon Challenge in 2019 and finished second lady in an average time of 3:30. This year she will attempt to break the women’s record of 3:28. You can check out Kristina’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kristinaextremerunning.
Keri completed her first marathon in 2014 and has since run fifteen marathons (including all 6 world majors), three ultra marathons, countless half marathons, a full Ironman and six 70.3’s. Keri is competing in this race as a way to challenge herself both physically and mentally, but more importantly to raise awareness and funds to help fight cancer. She will run this event to honor her dad, Arthur Roedel, who died an untimely death because of Multiple Myeloma. Keri could not be more excited to join with the American Cancer Society DetermiNation on their mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
Daqing completed his first marathon in Prague in 2013. Six years later he returned to Prague and finished his 100th marathon in the same place where he started. Among the 109 marathons he has run so far are the six World Marathon Majors, the Polar Circle Marathon, and a marathon on King George Island. He is the Founder and President of Ucommune.
Suzanne was a late-comer to marathon running, joining the sport aged 36 at the Melbourne Marathon in 2009. She has since made up for lost time, completing 44 marathons and a multitude of half marathons across the globe, but not yet in 7 days! By combining marathons with her passion for international travel, Suzanne has enjoyed many unique experiences including the bizarre and colourful Marathon du Medoc in Bordeaux, the Easter Island marathon amongst the Moai, and the high altitude running of the Everest Marathon. She proudly shares her passion for running with her father, Michael, and they completed a marathon together to celebrate his 70th birthday. The WMC will be the ultimate salute to 10 years of successful marathon racing by Suzanne.
Nontu uses running to combat children’s educational challenges, especially children from rural villages. She was born in the rural village of Mseleni, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and is dedicating her World Marathon Challenge to raise funds for children that face conditions which are not conducive to learning and development. She believes that education creates unlimited opportunities and has decided to marry her two passions - Education and Running - to inspire change. She started a Programme called ‘Go Beyond for a Child’, which aims to give underprivileged children from rural areas a fair chance to succeed. Nontu was only able to attend University with the help of scholarships and she is on a mission to pay it forward by running long distance footraces to help children overcome barriers to education.
Beck says that participating in the World Marathon Challenge feels like a lifetime in the making. She always dreamed of running a marathon and in 2014 she founded the Run for the Young Marathon as part of her involvement in a youth organisation called Bridge Builders, which supported her when she was younger. At the inaugural event she ran her first ever marathon and fell in love with the distance and its ability to inspire others. Years later, after watching a friend participate, she was drawn to the World Marathon Challenge and the epic challenges that it presents. As part of her participation, Beck is raising funds and awareness for Bridge Builders, and trying to inspire and help a generation of young people to find their value and believe that their dreams are also possible. Her favourite running achievement to date has been completing Run Larapinta, a 130km multi-stage ultra through the West McDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Beck is coached by Dr Stephen Dinneen and is part of the Dinneen Runners Squad.
Mitsuo is an extremely experienced ultramarathoner having completed the Spartathlon and the UTMB (Mount Blanc) in 2017 and Badwater in 2019. Mitsuo has also climbed Mt. Takunyan (China, 5,335m).
Brandi is a lifelong Chicagoland, Illinois resident (and Cubs fan) who currently resides and trains in Orlando, Florida. Her first marathon was in Chicago and she has since completed various half and full road marathons. Brandi has also climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and completed three Ironman Triathlons (Wisconsin, Louisville and Chattanooga).
Mark’s endurance adventures began with road marathons in high school and have included triathlons, team adventure races, and trail ultramarathons. He has ridden his bike across Patagonia to the Straits of Magellan, looked out from the top of Mt Blanc (and hopefully Kilimanjaro just prior to the WMC), and ran up to 100 miles across the Alps and Dolomites in Europe, the Sierra and Rockies in the USA. Mark, who is originally from Istanbul, Turkey, is very excited to take part in the World Marathon Challenge.
Jonathan is an attorney from Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. He has never run a full marathon but thought it would be a good idea to attempt 7 in 7 days on all 7 continents. Jonathan has an ostomy and is running to benefit Heather’s Mission, a non-profit that supports those with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Milosz ran distances from 600m to 3,000m as a teenager with his biggest track success being 3rd place in the U-16 Polish Championship. He stopped running for about ten years before returning to competition and running half-marathons, marathons and ultramarathons. He has finished some mountain races like UTMB (170km), Lemkowyna Ultra-Trial (150km) and several other mountain ultramarathons longer then 100km. The World Marathon Challenge is the next one to test his body limits.
Aditya is a rookie in terms of running experiences given his first marathon was just one year ago in January’2019. Since then he has completed five full marathons, a couple of extreme 50K Ultras and is aiming to do a 100K event before landing in Cape Town. In addition, Aditya finished an Ironman race in Austria last July and also finished the Ironman 70.3 in Atlantic City, US in September. Aditya is an adventure enthusiast, with activities ranging from skydiving to paragliding to motorsports.
Philippe is a very experienced marathoner who has participated in numerous marathon and ultra events including the North Pole Marathon, Antarctic Ice Marathon, Marathon des Sables, Everest Trail race, North Korea Marathon, Inca Trail Marathon, Grand 2 Grand Ultra, UTMB, the Coastal Challenge (Costa Rica) and the Great Wall of China Marathon. He is a member of both The 7 Continents Marathon Club and Grand Slam Club (7 Continents + North Pole).
Steve is from Danville, Virginia USA. He began running in 2014 and completed his first marathon in 2016 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This performance qualified him for the 2017 Boston marathon. Steve will be running his fourth Boston Marathon in April 2020. Over the years, he has been running to stay healthy and this year he is running the World Marathon Challenge to support the Danville Pittsylvania Cancer Association. He is dedicating his run to all cancer fighters, survivors and victims and to his Mom, whom he lost in 2019.
Jennifer began running in 2012 and completed her first marathon in 2014. She has run fourteen marathons to date, also completing the six World Major Marathons (beginning with Boston in April 2018 and ending with London in April of 2019). All three of her children have been patients at Boston Children's Hospital and joining the Miles for Miracles Team with Boston Children's Hospital in 2015 changed the trajectory of her running. She is dedicating each marathon of her World Marathon Challenge to a family of Boston Children's Hospital and when her legs are tired she will run with her heart.
Rick started running seven years ago and has moved from struggling at 5km to twice competing in the World's Toughest Mudder competition as well as completing the Spartan World Championships, graduating the Navy Seal 53 Hour Kokoro class, swimming Alcatraz and successfully completing 12 Ironman events. He’s still looking for the next "impossible" outcome!
Krzysztof is a 49-year-old entrepreneur who started running eleven years ago. He has already run marathons on each of the 7 continents and at North Pole and is therefore a member of The 7 Continents Marathon Club and the Marathon Grand Slam Club. He likes travelling and photography and runs just for fun. He has completed marathons such as the Antarctic Ice Marathon, North Pole Marathon, Volcano Marathon, Everest Marathon, Bhutan Marathon, Baikal Ice Marathon, Sahara Marathon, UTAT Marathon and Patagonian Marathon.
Olivier is a of three girls who has been living in Asia for over 20 years, currently based in Hong Kong. He has run the 4 Deserts 250km stage races and completed the World Marathon Majors of Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Berlin and Tokyo, all in sub-3 hours with a PB of 2:46. He is also attempting the 7 Summits, having completed 5 of them so far.
Lukasz is a 39-year-old life enthusiast, passionate traveller, and fan of extreme adventures. He has finished over 50 half-marathons and 14 marathons, including the Baikal Ice Marathon (twice), Petra Desert Marathon and road marathons such as the TCS New York City Marathon, Vienna City Marathon, and Athens Authentic Marathon.
After running his first marathon in 2007, Luke ran a few half marathons over 2007/2008. He joined the RAF Regiment in 2008, but suffered a serious injury in Afghanistan in 2011 when he stepped on an IED. Luke was in hospital for two months, followed by a year of rehab. He started training again in late 2012, deciding to do some triathlons. In 2013, he participated in an aquathlon (a swim followed by a run), two half distance triathlons, an Ironman triathlon, a few half marathons and 10K runs. With a subsequent focus on running only, he has excelled at the discipline, finishing runner-up in both the 2014 North Pole Marathon and 2015 Antarctic Ice Marathon, and winning the Invictus Games 1500m in both 2014 and 2016. Luke also won the Volcano Marathon in 2016 and finished third in the 2017 World Marathon Challenge. He ran from LA to Vegas in 2019 as part of a team in The Speed Project (350 mile journey).
Suzie is a single mom who resides in San Diego with her two children Duke (age 5) and Evelyn (age 2). The World Marathon Challenge will be Suzie’s first endurance race since having her children. However, prior to her pregnancies Suzie completed three half Ironman triathlons and five half marathons. She is an ambassador for the non-profit organization ROMP (Range of Motion Project) and recently completed a 10-day medical mission in Guatemala with them as a Prosthetist. Suzie lost her Dad to lung cancer 18 months ago. He was her rock in life and at every finish line of her races, a best friend who loved and supported her unconditionally. Suzie has decided to run this race in her father’s honor and hopes to spread his ashes at each finish line.
Junxun, from Shanghai, China, is a company executive with a passion for the outdoors. He summited Mt. Everest from the north side in 2018. Running was part of the training to prepare for the summit and now it has become part of his life. He has completed 6 marathons in China, including the Shanghai Marathon, run four ultra races, and summited several mountains. He wants to experience the World Marathon Challenge as the toughest back-to-back race, push new limits out of himself, and influence more people around him toward an active and healthy way of life.
Christopher is an avid runner having run his first marathon in 1997. He loves to run any distance, be it 5k or 100k, so running the World Marathon Challenge is a dream come true for him. Since his first race, he has run over 20 marathons, including the Boston Marathon four times, the New York Marathon three times, the Philadelphia Marathon three times and the Walt Disney World Marathon three times. He discovered ultra-marathons in 2011 and has run several, including an 85-mile ultra, 60-mile ultra, and a 50-mile ultra. Combined with his love for running, he has a passion for philanthropy and running has helped him to support several causes he deeply cares about.
Junsong started running in 2013 when his weight reached 180 pounds and he finished his first marathon in 2016. Aside from running, he also plays tennis and likes travel and photography. Having completed the 2018 Antarctic Ice Marathon, Junsong is very much looking forward to the World Marathon Challenge
The 2020 World Marathon Challenge saw a familiar face return to the women's field as the 2019 runner-up, Kristina Schou Madsen, sought to go one better in 2020. She not only went one better but also won the overall title and broke the record set by Suzannah Gill in 2019 by averaging an impressive 3:25:57 hrs per marathon en route. Milosz Pasiecnik held off the challenge of a number of men most notably the two French natives Olivier Thiriet and Philippe Richet in difficult weather conditions while recording a 3:35:25 hrs average.