Henrik Brandt was not into running but the lure of a finisher’s t-shirt tempted him off the couch and onto the entry list of the first Great Wall Marathon in 1999 - with barely two months to train. Now he is the only person to have run every Great Wall Marathon.
Fifteen years on, Henrik has completed 50 marathons, three ultras and a triathlon, spanning seven continents and 19 countries. This year will be his first Great Wall Marathon (17th May) with a pacemaker and he plans to still be crossing the Chinese icon at the event’s 25th anniversary.
“If you can dream it, you can do it” is Henrik’s recently published account of how he went from couch jogger to marathon runner and how it changed his world. The inspiring book is available in English and Danish.
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