My name is Chris, and I am an amateur marathon runner. Two years ago I had never run more than about 8 miles (12.8km) in my life. I ran my first half marathon at the Australian Outback Marathon in July 2013, and ever since then I have been hooked on long distance running.

At the end of 2014, I have completed four marathons:

Additionally, I have completed four half marathons in the last two years. During the Australian Outback Marathon I had the pleasure to meet two older gentlemen who told me they had entered the 7 continents club by coming to Australia. When I congratulated them on their traveling accomplishment and started to explain how my wife and I had also travelled to all 7 continents, one of the gentlemen politely said, “Oh yeah, well we meant that we have now run 7 marathons on 7 continents, son.” I looked at my wife, Jamie, who sighed and shook her head as she could see the gears turning in my brain. My next crazy endeavor was then set in motion: Run 7 marathons on 7 continents and join the 7 Continents Club.

As I was starting to run more races and determine if I had it in me to actually run this crazy challenge, we had some distressing news reach us in Australia. My wife’s nephew Robert informed us that his beautiful young daughter Cori had been diagnosed with a rare disease called metachromatic leukodystrophy, or MLD for short. We had never heard of this disease before and learned that only around 41,000 people in the world are living with MLD at any time. Being a rare disease, MLD does not get the same level of attention as more common diseases, and therefore gets less research and funding.

Living halfway around the world does not give my wife and I the opportunity to spend time with Cori who lives in Houston, Texas, USA.  We cherish any chance we get to video chat with her and show her our pet rabbit Frankie. After one of our last video chats just before my last marathon, I had a wild thought, “What if I challenge myself to run 7 marathons on 7 continents to raise awareness and charity support for families affected by MLD?” When I raised this idea to my wife, she immediately gave me the spousal approval to embark on such an adventure, and here we are today.

This web site will chronicle my journey to complete the 7 marathons challenge.  It will also serve to inform the public about MLD and raise support for the families affected by this disease. The MLD Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose main goal is to raise awareness and support of this disease. Please help us support the families who are suffering from MLD.

For my schedule of marathons, please check the Marathon Schedule section for more information.

Me at the 2014 inaugural Queenstown Marathon