Richard Donovan (runner)
Richard Donovan (born c. 1966) is an Irish runner, commercial race organizer and sports administrator. Donovan was first to complete the inaugural South Pole Marathon in January 2002, then completed the first marathon-length run in the North Pole in April of that year. He used the publicity from this to launch his North Pole Marathon venture, offering runners an adventure tourism experience, with the 2018 event costing €16,000.
Between 30 January and 5 February 2009, Donovan set a world record for running seven marathons, on seven different continents, in fewer than seven days. Starting 1 February 2012 he improved on this by completing the 7 on 7 in under 120 hours.
Donovan has also completed transcontinental runs across North America in 2015 and Europe in 2016, adding South America in 2017. In addition to the North Pole Marathon, he organizes the Antarctic Ice Marathon, the Volcano Marathon and the World Marathon Challenge, where competitors run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.
- Bray, Allison (6 February 2009). "Irishman runs rings around marathon records". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
- "The Iceman Runneth". National Geographic. 2002. Archived from the original on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
- "Welcome to the FWD North Pole Marathon - World's Coolest Marathon". www.npmarathon.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
- Interviewed on CNN
- Own website
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