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The Treadmill Guy - 72 Days 72 Half Marathons

In support of Morné Basson in his half marathon world record attempt to raise awareness for people suffering from Motor Neuron disease as people with Undetected Pneumonia. Read below for more info...

Morné Basson has been involved in creating awareness for people suffering from Motor Neuron Disease over the last few years through various (sometimes crazy) events. Through one of his crazy challenges in raising awareness, he met his beautiful Angel, Wilma’tjie…

Morné wanted to run the 2015 Comrades Marathon again but found himself working onboard a luxury cruise-liner in Alaska at the time of the race. He is someone that doesn’t believe in challenges in life but rather opportunities. He contacted the Comrades Marathon Organizers in South Africa and informed them of his plan to run the "race" - the full 90km - on the same day as the actual event on a treadmill on board the luxury cruise ship - Celebrity Solstice, in Ketchikan Alaska. They thought Morné was mad but loved the idea and supported him in his effort. He successfully completed the distance and became the first man ever to run a ultra marathon at sea… This challenge was done to create awareness for people suffering from MND thousands of people were touched by this as several newspapers as well as TV news mentioned this in their news headlines on the day.

In 2016 Morné decided to take this a step further. His goal was to run 160km on a treadmill, for the same cause - at the SA Rugby Museum in Cape Town - creating awareness for people suffering from MND.

In 2017 Morné decided to run 31 Marathons (42,2km) in 31 days on a treadmill at various venues in Gauteng. He started on 28 September 2017 and finished with the last marathon on 28 October 2017 At Carnival Mall in Brakpan Gauteng. It was a tough and challenging experience taking a lot of strain on his body but more so on the mind… Morné successfully ran a total of 1308,2km at an average of under 5 hours per marathon - with the last one being done at a time of 3 hours 47 minutes.

Wilma (Morné's fiancee) has always been just as passionate about creating awareness for MND. She supported Morné in all his efforts. Their relationship was an absolute fairytale, with their Facebook profiles being a true reflection of their happiness. They were both truly blessed. It was a relationship of giving 100% and not expecting anything in return. Wilma sadly passed away on 12 March 2018. Morné decided to continue with his efforts in creating awareness for MND, despite his own pain and personal loss.

Motor Neuron Disease was something very close to heart for both Wilma and Morné. Having lost the love of his life, Morné knew he would somehow have to find the strength to continue with creating awareness for MND to honor Wilma.

Morné will be starting on 22 April 2019 with the first of a minimum of 72 half marathons (21.1km each day for 72 days). The plan is to run every half marathon in a different towns in South Africa. This will be done at various health clubs across South Africa. Feel free to join Morné in a town of your choice!

Live a life with NO REGRETS! Join Morné and please support his cause!

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“We cannot change yesterday. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But we can make today count…” – Morné Basson.