Eddie Izzard Runs 27 Marathons In 27 Days: ‘Don’t Do This At Home’
British comedian Eddie Izzard completed a double marathon in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday which signifies the end of his 27 marathons in 27 days.
EDDIE IZZARD FINISHES 27 MARATHONS IN 27 DAYS
The charity challenge was in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The number 27 was picked for every year he was imprisoned.
The 57-year-old finished his final 26.6-mile run at the foot of the large statue of Mandela.
Izzard’s triumph raised more than $1 million for this year’s Sport Relief, according to the BBC, a biennial charity effort. A double marathon on the last day was prompted due to an unscheduled rest day earlier that week.
Eddie posted a video of this 27th day when he ran his double marathon on his Facebook.
End of first marathon day27
Posted by Eddie Izzard on Sunday, March 20, 2016
When the comedian crossed the finish line, he was completely exhausted but was able to pull out a few words: “Thank you. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m very tired,” he said. “So thank you for everyone who’s donated. This was tough. So don’t do this at home. I don’t know if I can say much more.”
Izzard ran a total of 707 miles in the 27 days and endured dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunstroke.
The comedian also posted a selfie of himself after completing his double marathon. He captioned the photo, “Today I ran an 84km (56 mile) double marathon in 11 hrs 5mins & a 90km Comrades length marathon in 11 hrs 50”