Seventy-year-old Chau Smith wanted to challenge herself even further, so she decided to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. In January, the Missouri woman accomplished that goal.
“She didn’t want to publicize this before doing it,” said Steve Hibbs, owner of the specialty travel company Marathon Adventures, which organized the trip. “She overcame a lot, and it was just really impressive to see her run and complete the event.”
“It took me eight months to really train,” Smith said. “The last four months, I really put in long, long runs. Every week, I ran from 15 miles to 130 miles.”
The challenge, which Hibbs dubbed the Triple 7 Quest, presented a unique set of obstacles. During the first race in Australia, the temperature was above 100 degrees, Smith said. She became severely sunburned.
The most challenging race was in Cairo. The group’s connecting flight from Singapore was delayed in Abu …
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