From tropical heat to ice cap

Tristan Miller is the crazy Aussie running 52 marathons in 52 weeks for charity who hopes to eventually raise over $100,000 for UNICEF and Facing Africa charities.

He completed the Reggae Marathon in Jamaica on Saturday and was then whisked from Montego Bay to the Owen Roberts International Airport by Cayman Islands Helicopters pilot Jerome Garot.

It would have been impossible for Miller, 33, to compete in the Reggae Marathon in Negril and Cayman’s the next day had it not been for the generosity and resourcefulness of Garot and Miller’s main sponsor Kenneth Krys, managing director of finance firm Krys & Associates.

Miller only has the Ice Marathon in Antarctica this weekend and then the Melbourne Marathon in his home town on 27 December to complete the arduous year, dubbed Run Like Crazy, which has taken him all over the world.

Miller and Krys – who is a renowned ultra-marathon runner himself – will be doing the Antartic Marathon and the 100km race in consecutive days. Why? Nobody quite knows, but at least they are for worthwhile causes.

On Sunday evening, Krys hosted a party at Breezes by the Bay – where the marathon started and finished earlier that morning – to raise money for Miller’s causes. There was an auction of Miller’s signed running tops which raised over $1,200. That figure included an auction of a 30-minute training session with Scott Brittain, Cayman’s fastest runner and another Aussie ace.

Brittain was thwarted from running the marathon this year because of a recurring foot injury but he hopes to regain titles won in 2007 and 2008 next time from Steve Speirs who retained his crown on Sunday.

Krys, 47, did the Cayman half marathon this time. He said: “It was a nice, relaxing run. I said hi to lots of people along the way. It was a nice day out.

“The Ice Marathon we can get that done in about six hours and the 100k we’re looking at that in about 17 or 18 hours, depending on how hard it is to slog through. “I’m doing it because it’s such a big challenge. I can get really psyched up for a challenge and get my energy for it. I’m always looking for something a little bit different, that’s out there and this is one of them.

“I’d heard about Tristan late last year, somebody approached me to see if we could help out and it’s something that’s fascinating that we can get involved with. He’s doing it for charity and it takes a lot of guts to run a marathon every week all over the world.

“He gave a call to tell me about the Ice Marathon and I thought that sounded really cool. I’ve always wanted to go there and to get an opportunity to run there at the same time would be really neat.”

To learn more about Run Like Crazy and Facing Africa or to make an online donation, visit www.runlikecrazy.com 
and www.facingafrica.org; also visit www.krysandassoc.com. See Tristan’s map of 50 completed marathons on page 7.

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