7 Continents, 7 Days: Differently Abled Aussie Does Epic Marathon
Video Editor: Vishal Kumar
Born with Cerebral Palsy, a movement disorder, Johanna Garvin, a 26-year-old Australian woman, completed the World Marathon Challenge in seven continents on a wheelchair. Assisted the whole way by two runners with extensive endurance experience, Australian James Alderson and British Steve Birnie, she became the first ever Australian in a wheelchair to complete the 295-km marathon.
The marathon challenge kickstarted in the isolated region of Novo (Antarctica); then to Cape Town (Africa); Perth (Australia); Dubai (Asia); Madrid (Europe); Barranquilla (South America) and ended in Miami (North America).
Pushing her along on a three-wheeler aerodynamic chair, which costs approximately $50,000, Birnie said of the experience:
According to reports in the Daily Mail, the two runner assistants took it in turns to push Johanna throughout 7 consecutive runs, while she helped them out with figuring out logistics, especially during the four marathons that were at night, looking out for things that may obstruct their journey.
Johanna has taken part with the intention to raise funds and awareness about Cerebral Palsy. With the target of $75,000 she has managed to raise $66,914.65 so far for Australia-based NGO Cerebral Palsy Alliance.