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Craig Percival was tragically and suddenly taken away from his wife Lindell and two young children Sam and Sienna and passed away on December 4th, 2016.

Craig dedicated his life to helping others and was a great believer that with the right mindset you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve #bephenominal

It's now time to give back because Lindell, Sam and Sienna need all the help we can give them.

With a team of people on board volunteering their time to help, every dollar raised through the campaign goes directly to the family.

Please give generously.


Melbourne endurance coach and ultraman athlete Craig Percival completed an Australian first in the triathlon world. During March 2016, he completed 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 raised over $80,000 for a cause close to his heart, the John Maclean Foundation.

"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                           

 

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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.

“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".

 

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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!

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Event Schedule


Event Schedule


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!

CLICK ON EACH OF THE STATES BELOW TO FIND OUT WHERE CRAIG WILL COMPLETING HIS 8 IRON-DISTANCE EVENTS: