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Record-setting runner credits beer


A runner who broke his own record by completing seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days says  beer powered his record.

Richard Donovan (center) ran 7 marathons in 7 continents in 5 days

“I had one bottle of Heineken during the race for some carbs and one at the end of it,” Irish ultra runner Richard Donovan told the Sydney Morning Herald, where he finished the last leg of his marathons. “It was the first time something stayed down in days.”

The 45-year old completed the feat in four days, 22 hours and three minutes after undergoing sleep deprivation, time change and vastly different temperatures.

This is just the latest in Donovan’s insane accomplishments. He completed the first South Pole marathon, and finished the first marathon distance on the north pole.

According to Wikipedia, he has won the Antarctic Ice Marathon, the Inca Trail Marathon, the Everest Challenge Marathon, the Antarctic 100 km and the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race.

The story of his latest feat quickly spread around the globe, including a Runner’s World article titled, “Beer: Is there anything it CAN’T do?” I think you know the answer to that.

Photo credit: John O’Regan. Thanks to MartyKristin and Running is Funny for the heads up. 


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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