At 70, Chau Smith wanted to challenge herself. And because she’d run four marathons in five weeks before and had run ten marathons in a year already, she decided to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.
In January, the Missouri woman reached her goal. Smith ran marathons in Perth, Australia; Singapore; Cairo; Amsterdam; Garden City, New York; Punta Arenas, Chile; and King George Island, Antarctica between January 25 and 31. She ran 26.2 miles everyday and then she’d fly to her next destination and do it all again.
The challenge has been called the triple seven and Smith did it with nine other people, through Marathon Adventures, a specialty travel company. She says it took her about eight months to really train for the extreme running. So what is she going to challenge herself with next? When she retires, she says she wants to hike the Appalachian Trail