New Zealand marathon man Michael Stewart is set to run his 500th race in November.  That’s like running the length of New Zealand 10 times - or more than half way around the world.


Michael falsified his age at 18 to run his first marathon in 1970 and just kept on running.  His job as a rubbish collector provided good training and speed was never the issue.  His personal best was 2:59:07 in 1988.


At first he thought 100 marathons was a good target but that passed and, more recently, he decided it would be good to reach 500 in 2012 – the year he turned 60.  He’s believed to hold the record for the most marathons completed in the Southern Hemisphere.


Michael plans to run one marathon in October and his 500th in November not far from his hometown near Wellington.  Congratulations on a fabulous achievement!

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, green parks and vibrant waterfront – all the city’s best in one marathon. Perfect weather added to the success of this year’s Sydney Running Festival for all participants.

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