Runner takes on 12 marathons in 12 months


Mike Kenna tackled the 50K Off The Beaten Track off-road race on Feb. 21.
Mike Kenna tackled the 50K Off The Beaten Track off-road race on Feb. 21.

Mike Kenna is three runs into a “12 Marathons in 12 Months” challenge he has set himself.

For his third run on Feb. 21, Kenna completed the grueling 50K Off the Beaten Track off-road ultramarathon and relay.

He kick-started his 12-marathon challenge in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on Dec. 6, 2015, followed on Jan. 24 by the Miami Marathon, which he completed in 4:25:16.

In the Feb. 21 Off the Beaten Track, Kenna finished 18th overall in the individual division in 6 hours, 40 minutes, and 11 seconds.

“Off The Beaten Track this year was incredibly tough but thoroughly enjoyed,” said Kenna, thanking those who volunteered their support. “I wouldn’t have made it all the way around without their help.”

Kenna said his 12-marathon initiative began as a personal goal, but it is also an opportunity to raise money for some worthy causes.

“I have completed a handful of marathons previously and would like to complete more and improve,” he said. “It’s also a great opportunity to raise money for two very important charities – the Cayman Islands Humane Society and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.”

Training three to four times a week, Kenna, who acknowledges that he “won’t be breaking any records or winning anything,” still hopes to improve his personal best time throughout the remaining months.

“I have been running for about four years and had talked to friends about taking on this challenge 18 months ago. I decided to go ahead with it now as I feel the challenge will be a lot harder to complete after I turn 40 later this year,” he said.

With nine marathons left to run, Kenna will take on yet-to-be confirmed marathons in the United States, Canada, and his hometown of Bristol, U.K., and he plans to end as he began, with the Cayman Islands Intertrust Marathon in December.

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