Richard Donovan (runner)

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Richard Donovan (born c. 1966)[1] is an Irish runner, commercial race organizer, and sports administrator. Donovan organised and was first to complete the inaugural South Pole Marathon[2] in January 2002, then completed the first marathon-length run in the North Pole in April of that year.[3] 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.[4]

Between 30 January and 5 February 2009, Donovan claimed a worlds best for running seven marathons, on seven different continents, in fewer than seven days.[1] Starting 1 February 2012 he improved on this by completing the 7 on 7 in under 120 hours.[5]

Donovan has also completed transcontinental runs across North America in 2015 and Europe in 2016,[6] adding South America in 2017. In addition to the North Pole Marathon, he organizes a number of other commercial events.

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  1. ^ a b Bray, Allison (6 February 2009). "Irishman runs rings around marathon records". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
  2. ^ "The First South Pole Marathon". South Pole Station. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  3. ^ "The Iceman Runneth". National Geographic. 2002. Archived from the original on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the FWD North Pole Marathon - World's Coolest Marathon". Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  5. ^ "7 marathons, 7 continents, 5 days". CNN. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Richard Donovan completes his second Transcontinental Run". Athletics Ireland. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2018.

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