What You Don’t Know Might Help You
Every year, Australia hosts an extreme marathon extending from Sydney to Melbourne (875 kilometer / 544 miles) and considered by many as the world’s most grueling endurance race. This challenge generally requires a week of effort and typically only world-class athletes who train specifically for the event participate. With major corporate sponsorships supporting them, these runners are young, extremely well-conditioned and among the elite athletes in the world.
What occurred in 1983 baffled all who watched this race as a 61 year-old farmer strode to the entry line in overalls and work boots. Many considered him a spectator at this event and expressed surprise when he stood in for his race number. Cliff Young, a farmer from Melbourne, joined 150 world-class endurance runners in competing for the endurance marathon title. Continue reading