#8in8in8 – 8 Ironman Distance Triathlons 8 states 8 days
An incredible man and athlete has set himself an incredible challenge, something that has never been attempted here in Australia … Eight consecutive Ironman distance triathlons, in Eight consecutive days across Eight States and Territories in Australia!
Not only is he testing the limits of what is possible physically he is doing this to raise money for children across Australia who live in wheelchairs to provide equipment for them to be able to chase their own dreams in everyday life. Craig will be raising money for The John Maclean Foundation during this epic journey.
We have interest from supporters to not only join Craig on different legs of his journey and support him through what will be a gruelling challenge but also help us raise money to inspire and assist families with children in wheelchairs across Australia chase their dreams.
Here is the press release which was launched last week with all the details currently at hand…
Launch: 8in8in8 : Australian-first multiple “Iron-distance” attempt
Ultra-endurance athlete Craig Percival will attempt to complete 8 “Ironman” distance triathlons in 8 consecutive days around Australia in March 2016
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 ironman distance events in Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane before finishing in Melbourne, his hometown, on 13th March.
Sunday 6 March – Darwin, NT
Monday 7 March – Perth, WA
Tuesday 8 March – Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 9 March – Hobart, TAS
Thursday 10 March – Canberra, ACT
Friday 11 March – Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12 March – Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 13 March – Melbourne, VIC
About Craig Percival
Craig Percival is a husband, a dad of two young chidren, 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.