8in8in8 : Australian-first multiple "Iron-distance" attempt

Melbourne endurance coach and ultraman athlete Craig Percival has announced that he will be attempting an Australian first in the triathlon world. In March 2016, he will attempt to complete 8 full “ironman” distance triathlons in all 8 states and territories of Australia in 8 consecutive days. While attempting this incredible test of the human ability, he will also be raising money for a cause close to his heart, the John Maclean Foundation.


Renowned as one of the world’s toughest endurance events, the “Iron distance” triathlon comprises a 3.8k swim, 180.2k bike ride and 42.2k run.  For most athletes, a single Ironman event is considered a major life achievement.  Only a handful have ever attempted to complete multiple races over consecutive days. While the 8in8in8 will be an incredible athletic feat, it also presents an enormous logistical challenge.  Craig is currently designing the 8 courses he will cover in each state/territory, as well as co-ordinating flights to ensure he has sufficient time to complete each event, eat, recover, and prepare for the next day.


Craig first dreamt up his ‘8in8in8’ goal after finishing second at the Ultraman World Championship in Hawaii last year.  Following his success in Hawaii, Craig assisted in bringing Ultraman to Australia for the first time in May 2015.  At the same time, he started thinking about just how far he could push himself mentally and physically. Craig said,

“I’ve always been fascinated by what people can achieve when they set their minds to it. "

That’s why I created (my business) No Limits Endurance – to assist and guide people in breaking through barriers, believing in themselves and doing things that they can look back on with enormous pride.


“I’ve been very fortunate throughout my athletic career to do some amazing events and training. In taking on 8in8in8, I wanted to find a way to give back to the triathlon community that has been so fundamental to my life. 


"John Maclean is one of my personal heroes.  What that guy has achieved - as an athlete, as a person, and through his foundation - is just phenomenal.  The thought of using my physical ability to raise money for young Australians living in wheelchairs, who are not able to swim, bike and run like me, motivates me. The money raised will help grant these children equipment they need to remain active and included in their everyday lives”.


John Maclean said, "On behalf of The John Maclean Foundation we are humbled that Craig is supporting us.  With the money and awareness he raises through this epic challenge he will be helping us continue to change the lives of young children in wheelchairs across Australia.


"On a personal level and as an athlete that has challenged myself beyond what I thought was possible both physically and mentally, I wish Craig the best of luck. Through my experience, if you surround yourself with the support of people who believe in you, you can realise your dreams".


Craig will be starting his extreme endurance challenge on the 6th March in Darwin and will then complete consecutive Iron-distance events in Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane before finishing in Melbourne, his hometown, on 13th March.


8in8in8 Itinerary

  • Sunday 6 MarchDarwin, NT
  • Monday 7 MarchPerth, WA
  • Tuesday 8 MarchAdelaide, SA
  • Wednesday 9 MarchHobart, TAS
  • Thursday 10 MarchCanberra, ACT
  • Friday 11 MarchSydney, NSW
  • Saturday 12 MarchBrisbane, QLD
  • Sunday 13 MarchMelbourne, VIC


About Craig Percival

Craig Percival is a husband, a dad of two young children, and a world-class endurance athlete, competing most recently in the 2014 Ultraman World Championship event in Hawaii where he placed second overall. He has completed over 20 Ironman triathlons, including four World Championship events, and has been coaching elite and beginner endurance athletes for the past 14 years.


About John Maclean Foundation

The John Maclean Foundation (JMF) exists to change the lives of young Australians who use wheelchairs.  JMF is the brainchild of legendary athlete John Maclean OAM.  John was the first wheelchair athlete to complete the legendary Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, and to swim the English Channel.  He competed in both the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2000 and to this day continues to set world firsts and provide inspiration to the many people who look to his incredible achievements in awe.


John’s personal mission statement is that there are “only possibilities”. This philosophy is central to the activities of the Foundation, where we encourage each child’s abilities and harness their potential to achieve extraordinary things on their own terms.  The word “disability” is not welcome in the house of JMF. Just try and tell John he is disabled.  You’ll get an interesting response!