Passion for Distance: The Story of My 100 Marathons

Julia Thorn

I have run one hundred marathons. I am the first Australian female to do so. I want to share my experiences with you. I want you to see what it has been like to compete in more than seventy locations all over the world, including many in Australia, over a thirteen year period.

More people have climbed Mount Everest or swum the English Channel than have run a hundred marathons. It has been a major achievement to run this big distance, under race conditions, over and over again.

Yet I am not blessed with a special athletic talent. I did not play sports as a child. I came into running relatively late in life and ran my first marathon the year I turned forty.

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