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Corey Philpott, a 23-year-old aspiring athlete from the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales in Australia, just ran the "World's Strongest Marathon," traversing 42.2 km (26 miles) while pulling a Ford Ranger weighing 1.5 tons behind him the entire way. And he managed to do it in record time.
Corey first became interested in the possibility of trying this back in 2016, when endurance athlete Ross Edgley successfully pulled a Mini around Silverstone Race Circuit. He finally resolved to attempt it himself in early 2020 during quarantine, having become determined to get serious about pursuing his own athletic ambitions.
He announced his intention to take on the World's Strongest Marathon on social media in order to "put it out into the universe" and hold himself accountable, and then spent the next eight months preparing, combining his usual running and weight training with late night sessions practicing pulling vehicles. "I started about one or two in the morning," he told 7NEWS Australia, explaining that these early starts enabled him to "get four or five hours' training in before work."
He used the publicity surrounding his record-breaking attempt to raise money and awareness for ChildSafe Australia, a harm prevention charity working towards the eradication of childhood sexual abuse. "I am standing up for a community of people who have been silenced and stigmatised for way too long," he wrote on Instagram following his record-breaking achievement. "The dream was (and still is) to create safe environments for children and to create safe spaces for survivors to tell their stories and be heard."
Corey was able to improve on his hero Edgley's time, breaking existing records and reaching the finish line in 16 hours 12 minutes. And while he's earned a rest, he is already looking ahead to his next challenge; an Ironman triathlon, which he intends to complete with a 100-pound tree tied to his back.
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