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The 27x3 Kinder European Endurance Challenge
Maltese athlete Nathan Farrugia is running 27 marathons in 27 days across 27 different countries to raise money for childrens' charities and awareness in the year of volunteering.
The Kinder European Endurance Challenge aims to spread a message of solidarity while raising funds to support charity projects in Malta as well as every other country that is providing local support along the way. In the UK, the beneficiary charity is The Children’s Society and Nathan will be running the London marathon route on Saturday 24th September.
“This is a really huge challenge that’s never been done before,” explained Nathan, who gave more details about the complex logistics and scale of this adventure. After running for about four hours every day, he then joins his two-man crew as they drive their motor home to the next country for another full marathon the next day. Meanwhile a backup team in Malta is looking after general logistics and raising awareness and support mainly through the web and social media.
After a very successful opening marathon in Malta and an uneventful day 2 in Helsinki, the challenge hit its first major snag on day 3, when their motor home was broken into in Tallin. Thieves stole vital navigation equipment and a digital camera, which had to be replaced that same day losing precious time. Encouraging messages on Facebook and the steady flow of donations lifted the team’s spirits to put the mishap behind them and move on to the next marathon run in Riga the next day.
Ferrero, the main corporate sponsor of the event, is supporting this ambitious endeavour through a direct monetary sponsorship as well as through activities being held in most countries by the company’s staff and partners. Other sponsors include Garmin Malta supplying GPS equipment, Urban Sports supplying Nike footwear and gears, The Fitness Centre and Ice Watch.
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION
Nathan Farrugia is a 38 year-old father of two, who took up endurance events after a successful career in basketball, playing with the Maltese national team for 12 years and winning a number of championships and personal awards. He retired after winning the league MVP and recovering from his second anterior cruciate tear of the same knee. As a physiotherapist, it was clear that swimming, cycling and running would help recovery, and so he took up triathlon.
Nathan is a member on the Malta Council for Voluntary organisations and heads the National Federation of Maltese NGOs. Nathan, together with some other athletes, raised over Euros 40,000 for Inspire and Facing Africa at MDS and quickly drew up plans for an even more extreme challenge with a more ambitious fundraising target - “27” was born!
Each 42.2km marathon is being run on the specific marathon route of the particular city where possible. Detailed information and maps of each marathon route are available here: http://www.27challenge.com/
The local charities supporting 27 Challenge will keep 75% of the funds raised by people in that country while the remaining 25% will go to the overall cause – children with disabilities and children in long term hospital care in Malta. The Maltese charities chosen by Ferrero are Inspire and the Daniel Delicata Memorial Association. Other charities include the Ronald McDonald House Charities, DPS Wadowice, Ciniclowns, The Children’s Society and Enable Ireland.
More information, live GPS tracking and donation portal are available at http://www.27challenge.com.
Promotional material and logo may be downloaded from http://27challenge.com/
For more information please contact
The Media Director:
Pierre Mizzi +356 79383557