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Published April 15th 2013
One Man 12 Marathons in 12 Months
How far would you go to support a cause you believe in? That was the ultimate question for a father with an autistic son.
I have never met Travis or his family, Travis left a comment on my Run Melbourne for Autism article that I had written after my 2 children were diagnosed with autism. I spent time looking at 'Amaze' website (information and support group for family's with autistic children) and I came across The Age Run Melbourne was a fundraiser for autism and I wanted to support it by advertising and entering the run.
Travis has come up with the ultimate fundraiser starting his own web page Run 4 Autism, which he is hoping to raise $25,000 for families and support groups along with raising awareness.
He is currently up to the 4th marathon , you can follow his progress on his Facebook site.
With the next marathons being; Barossa Marathon on the 26/5 Pichi Richi on the 30/6
Adelaide 6/12 or 24 hour run on the 13/7 Adelaide Marathon on the 25/8 Yurrebilla Ultra 56 km on 22/9
Melbourne Marathon on 13/10
Portland 3 Bays on 2/11
Bruny Island on 29/11
Travis and his partner's son has been diagnosed with Autism, their little boy made little or no eye contact and didn't talk. It broke their hearts to see their boy so overwhelmed by what was happening around him.
Exhausted and unfit, Travis struggled to make it through the day after all of his son's therapy and intervention mixed with life's stresses in general with work, relationships and an autistic son. He decided to turn to running as a form of meditation and stress relief and his idea to run 12 marathons in 12 months started from here.
Run 4 Autism tops available shortly
You can get involved in various ways to help raise money and awareness for autism by doing any fun run and getting people to sponsor you or you can do a morning tea, garage sale, anything really. Have a look at Run 4 Autism for ideas.