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Retired pro Jens Voigt has announced another post-career challenge, saying that he will run seven marathons in seven days next month in order to raise funds for the Tour de Cure. The effort, which is supported by Fitbit, will see the German begin his push on January 2 and continue until January 8.
It comes a year after his Everesting Challenge, which was saw him climb the 90 metre Teufelsberg climb 100 times over 27 hours, with his altitude gain higher than the world’s tallest mountain. That initiative raised €25,000 for cancer sufferers.
“After my Everest Challenge a while back, which was already a special achievement, this is something I want to do for two reasons,” he said, speaking about what has been titled Jensie’s Marathon Madness. “First and foremost, I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback for my Everest Challenge in the beginning of the year. I want to raise as much awareness and funds as possible for the fight against cancer.
“The second reason is that I love to challenge my limits. I love to go above and beyond, trying to see what my body and mind are capable of. And what’s a better way to do this than running 7 marathons within a week? It will possibly be the challenge that embodies my motto ‘shut up legs’ like nothing else I’ve ever done before. Of course, people might think I’m crazy to do something like this. But hey, I never said I wasn‘t.”
Voigt has invited other runners to join him. They can accompany him on a lap of 7km, 21km or for a whole marathon on any of the 7 days. The event will take place in Grunewald, Berlin. For more details and/or to donate, click here.