"I've done 13 in my whole career, for him (Craig) to do 8 in 8 days is mind blowing, actually it's an incredible feat of physical endurance and mental toughness" "It's nothing less than a world class super human performance"
Craig Alexander - 3 x IRONMAN World Champion
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.
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.
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".
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!
8 Ironmans in 8 days = 30k of swimming, 1440k on the bike, and 337k of running. Craig will probably clock up close to 100 hours of activity, in addition to plenty of time spent in the air as he works his way around Australia.
An event like this wouldn't be possible without a lot of support, and with that in mind, Craig would love to see you out on the course! Click on the buttons below for the locations and approximate timings of his swim, bike, run and finish in each state.
As a guide, he's roughly aiming for the following times:
Swim: 1 hour (note that all swims will be held in pools)
Bike: 6 hours (30k/h)
Run: 4 hours
As well as supporting Craig on the day, we would love you to consider making a donation to the John Maclean Foundation. Click here to donate now, and help us reach our target of $80,000. Thank you!