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Monday Inspiration: 7 Ultra Marathons 7 Continents 7 Days

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Posted by Cags R under Ultrarunning on 19 November 2012 at 12:00 AM

Scotland2Sahara ChallengeDr Andrew Murray is taking on the challenge to run 7 ultra marathons on 7 continents in 7 days! He will start with the Ice Marathon on Antartica and follow on with an ultra marathon in Patagonia,  Atlanta USA, London, the Pyramids of Egypt, Dubai and finishing his incredible journey at the Sydney Opera House, Australia.

If you're picturing a private jet to get him from Ultra to Ultra then think again; he'll be flying economy, battling jet lag and being plunged from -25°C to more than 35°C all within 7 days.

This isn't the first time the Edinburgh based GP has taken on extreme Ultra running; as the winner of the North Pole Marathon and the world record holder for running Scotland to Sahara - an 78 day epic back-to-back Ultra marathon distance - he's no stranger to a big challenge!

 "It's a genuine challenge, athletically and logistically. It is a fantastic way to challenge myself and see some of the world in fast forward!"

This challenge is a bit different though; for every day that Andy runs, he asks that each of you run, walk or cycle 5km to get active with him. As the Physical Activity Champion for Scottish government, Andy is dedicated to improving people's health through exercise:

"The most important thing is to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise- being active regularly is the single best thing for your health. It cuts the risk of dying early by 30% and is good for the brain.  If we get 6000 people to walk or run 5km a day for a week, that's enough to go around the world five times! Both my feet and myself were totally wrecked after running to the Sahara, and it’ll be no different this time I’m sure, but it’ll be worth it. Low fitness kills as many as smoking- almost 1 in 10 of the world’s population. I’m pleased the Scottish Government is recognising the scale of the problem and encouraging and supporting people to get active and stay active." 

Scotland's Sport Minister Shona Robison said: “While Andrew’s previous runs were certainly adventures, this will break new ground. More importantly, it will focus attention on what is one of the most important health challenges we face today - physical inactivity. I'm encouraging Scots to sign up and tell friends about www.5x50.co.uk - each step is a step to health and I’ll be doing it too.”

Show your support for Andrew by taking his 30 minutes of activity a day Challenge and make sure you cover 5km every day from the 23rd to the 29th November when Andrew takes on his Run the world epic!

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