BENEFITING: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis is the most common, genetically acquired, life-shortening chronic illness affecting young people. The average life expectancy of someone with CF where in Australia (where I live) is 38, which is how old I'll be in August. CF sufferers have trouble breathing and getting nutrients from food. They produce too much mucus which can lead to infection. Repeated infections and blockages can cause irreversible lung damage and death. I'm lucky to be healthy and able to help others, so in honour of my youngest nephew, a CF sufferer himself, I've signed up for the Brisbane Spartan Ultrabeast 2016. I've done a few hard physical challenges in the past - the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker, the Hobart Half Marathon, Tough Mudder, Kokoda Grunt, but nothing like this. The Ultrabeast is a marathon distance (42km) obstacle race over 'challenging' terrain. It's meant for elite athletes* but they seem to have accepted my money, so if I want to get around the course in one piece I better get training. The race is in September. So here's the plan: I will post training updates here and on facebook. I will try to help educate people about CF. I will seek to get the Brits, Aussies and now the Americans to compete to see who will give more by running concurrent charity pages for their respective CF charities. And finally, as a father of two beautiful children, I will never forget that however hard the training gets, however hard the event is, it's nothing compared with what CF sufferers and their families have to go through. So, please dig deep. *I am in no way an elite athlete, nor do I resemble one.