Nathan Mercurio is Running to Remember
In 2015 Nathan will run 10 marathons across Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.
Nathan started running in primary school and hasn’t stopped. He competed in middle distance running events on the track and trail, and has gone on to achieve age group success in triathlon. He was the first South Australian to finish in the 2013 Great Ocean Road Marathon in his first attempt over the distance before going on to qualify and run the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Nathan will start the ANZAC Marathon Challenge on Sunday 11 January at the Cadbury Marathon, run a marathon in each Australian state and territory, and on both the North and South island of New Zealand. An important part of his journey will include visits the Australian and New Zealand War Memorials as a means of showing his personal gratitude and respect for those who served.
Nathan will be fundraising for Legacy and other selected charities using an innovative action based fundraising smartphone app, called Kilometre (Km) Funding. The Km Funding app will reward users who walk, run or cycle with a donation to the nominated charities. The App will act as a platform to help Nathan to grow an army of active supporters of the ANZAC Marathon Challenge. The App aims to inspire users to exercise on their own terms and fundraise for Legacy and other selected charities. Nathan hopes that he and his army of App users can exercise together to make great things happen.
What is your motivation for the ANZAC Marathon Challenge?
Every year on ANZAC Day we commemorate, remember, and learn from those who sacrificed their lives for our country. We are reminded of the ANZAC attributes: courage, sacrifice, endurance and mateship. By running in the same spirit and completing the ANZAC Marathon Challenge it is a small way that I can pay tribute to those who served.
What events will you be running throughout the ANZAC Marathon Challenge?
The run schedule will include:
- Cadbury Marathon, TAS on 11/01/2015
- Canberra Marathon, ACT on 12/04/2015
- Barossa Marathon, SA on 24/05/2015
- Christchurch Marathon, NZ (Sth Island) on 31/05/2015
- Gold Coast Airport Marathon, QLD on 5/07/2015
- Alice Springs Marathon, NT on 16/08/2015
- City2Surf Marathon, WA on 30/08/2015
- Sydney Marathon, NSW on 20/09/2015
- Auckland Marathon, NZ (Nth Island) on 01/11/2015
- Marysville Marathon, VIC on 08/11/2015
Will you be running with anyone else of this epic journey?
I’ll not be joined by any one person for any of the 10 Marathons. I’m sure to be joined by friends and family who have already indicated that they are keen to join me at an event along the journey – some even for their first ever marathon.
I invite those who read this profile to follow the ANZAC Marathon Challenge on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kmfundingapp to be one of the first people to download the Km Funding App and help me fundraise for Legacy and other selected charities. For more information about the Km Funding App visit www.kmfunding.org.
Nathan is from Adelaide and is starting his adventure here in Tasmania. Please support Nathan and Legacy.
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