Virgin London Marathon 2014

Virgin London Marathon_Inspired Adventures

The London Marathon 2014: Race day!

This year’s London Marathon saw lots of sweat, tears and thousands of wobbly legs; yet it can only be described as an unforgettable day of monumental moments and sensational achievements. Over 36,000 people took to the streets of London; one runner took a brief break to propose to his girlfriend; a new course record was set and some serious funds were raised for good causes around the world. Continue reading

Running for a Cause

marathon-picAs Alicia Keys sang so beautifully, New York is the “concrete jungle where dreams are made.” It is a destination people dream of visiting. It is also home to one of the best road marathons in the world.

Just walking through this legendary city is exhilarating. Now picture yourself running through the city streets as part of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon community.

From Staten Island to Manhattan, as you cross the Queensboro Bridge, millions of people on the sidelines cheer you on, urging you to dig deeper. Imagine the sense of fulfillment as you cross the finish line in world-famous Central Park.

For our Inspired Adventurers competing in this year’s New York City Marathon, fundraising and training is only the beginning of their journey!

Founded in 1970 by Fred Lebow, the original course consisted of laps around Central Park. Today, the New York City Marathon courses through the five boroughs of New York City. Now with over 50,000 competitors, participants in the marathon form a seemingly endless stream of human traffic, forcing the closure of many major roads throughout the city.

In 2011, Inspired Adventures thought what better fitness goal could there be for our adventurers than competing in the New York City Marathon to raise vital funds for Australian charities? And so it began.

When the entry ballot closes in March, and registered marathoners miss out on a coveted spot on the starting line, we offer our adventurers the opportunity to run for a cause. One such adventurer is Chad Edmunds.

In 2013, Chad conquered Mount Everest for Cure Cancer Australia Foundation’s Trek for a Cure, raising over $4,000. This year he has upped his target, aiming to raise $10,000 to fund vital research into a cure for cancer.

“A lot of my motivation for the Everest challenge was drawn from seeing a family member suffering from cancer and not knowing what I could do to help. This year, the motivation is the same.

For me, it’s not about a race or setting any times. It’s about showing the mental strength to take up a challenge, and crossing the finish line knowing you’ve made a difference.”

 Feeling inspired?

Team Amnesty Take on NY

Amnesty International ING New York Marathon 2013 Inspired Adventures

From the team…

“People told me that running and finishing this race is an awesome experience. They totally underrated it. I almost cried with elation. Not the best time but ran non-stop and barefoot the whole way. Even gave a bloke with severe shin splints a shoulder to the finish line.”

– John Dobbin, Team Amnesty 2013 NYC Marathon 4:35h

Congratulations Team Amnesty!

9:14am Mon (SYD)/17:14pm Sun (NYC)

Team Amnesty have successfully completed the 2013 ING New York City Marathon! On a clear, cool and windy day, Team Amnesty joined more than 45,000 other excited runners at the starting line at the southern tip of Staten Island. Cheered on by approximately 2 million spectators, our team hit the streets to help Amnesty International fight injustice and defend human rights.

This is an amazing achievement and each runner should be very proud of their race and their fundraising journey. We know we are! Stay tuned for more photos and to hear from the team – we think they deserve a little rest first!

Amnesty International Inspired Adventures Sarah Symes Congratulations Cartoon New York Marathon

Smiles from the Team Amnesty cheer squad

2:00am Mon (SYD)/10:00am Sun (NYC)

Kristen from Inspired Adventures and Amanda from Amnesty International Australia are all smiles on the sidelines to cheer on Team Amnesty.

Amnesty International Inspired Adventures Kristen (IA) and Amanda (Amnesty) Waiting Before the Race New York City Marathon

Amnesty update

2:47pm Fri (SYD)/23:47pm Thu (NYC)

Team Amnesty are all ghouled… we mean glammed up for Halloween in New York City ahead of their marathon adventure.

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Thu 31 Oct: The big day is almost here!

Today Team Amnesty spent the afternoon at the Amnesty International offices in New York City, learning about current campaigns the US are working on to protect human rights and fight injustice around the world.

Amnesty International Australia Inspired Adventures Anmesty 2014 NYC Marathon Team at NYC Amnesty offices New York Marathon

Pre-marathon buzz

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Amnesty International Inspired Adventures Sarah Symes Tweet from NYC New York Marathon






Amnesty International and the 2013 ING New York City Marathon

This year, we are proud to have a passionate team of Amnesty International runners in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. Team Amnesty will take to the streets of New York City to help Amnesty International fight injustice and defend human rights.

Right now, people just like you, face human rights abuses, discrimination, violence, imprisonment, torture and even death. Their crime is usually something we take for granted everyday – the freedom of speech, religion, politics or love.

Follow Team Amnesty as they pound the pavement in the Big Apple to defend the rights of men, women and children around the world. Support Team Amnesty!


Read more marathon stories, secure a place in the Virgin London Marathon 2014 or visit the Inspired Adventures Calendar and find a Charity Challenge perfect for you.