Richie Egan

777 Marathon 2021 National

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2,799
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I'm fundraising for...

My name is Richie Egan and I'm a 22-year-old man from Geelong.  As part of my ultimate goal to complete 100 marathons, in June this year I'm turning things up a notch, by taking on Bravehearts' 777!- 7 Marathons in 7 Australian States in 7 Days - to raise funds for the prevention of child sexual assault and exploitation. 

To date, I've run 15 in total.  But that is just the tip of the iceberg. The act of putting all of those miles into the legs?... Is but one aspect of how I am trying to live an intentional life.  One that involves a never-ending process of building mental toughness, through the constant practice of discipline and seeking out the uncomfortable.

Running 105 and a half laps of an athletics track on my last 2 birthdays? - uncomfortable.

Religiously taking Cold showers for the last 5 years? - uncomfortable.

Weekly Monday morning 4:30 am accountability run? - uncomfortable.

And keeping a 1-year + running streak alive since the 1st Feb 2020? - uncomfortable.

This to me is what it takes, to not only go the distance but to be true to my values and the way I want to live my life. I look forward to what will be my greatest challenge yet, in June this year!

Please help me meet my fundraising goal by donating generously via the link provided.

Cheers!!

My Achievements

My Updates

Vic Lockdown / Pullman Hotel "Training Camp"

Friday 4th Jun
8 days ago now Victoria went into a snap lockdown amid Covid fears.  What initially was going to be for at least a week, has been extended another 7 days until 10/6. The borders to QLD are currently shut to Victorians and they won't necessarily reopen as soon as we come out of lockdown either.

To say that it's a time of uncertainty would be an understatement.  I really hope that I'm able to join the team in Toowoomba on the 28th of June, for leg one, but at the same time, I am preparing for the worst.

Ever since first announcing my intentions to do the 777, I have thought about what I would do if it got canceled.  Although it would be great to complete it with the Braveheart's team, if I have to do it solo, I will.  

I'm really big on doing what I say I'm gonna do and there has been too much external support and personal investment for me to just concede.  So one way or another, I'm going to run 7 marathons in 7 straight days starting June 28. Now it's just about whether I do it with the others or by myself.

In the meantime, I have been tasked with Covid compliance work through the Army Reserves.  We are currently operating out of the Pullman Hotel on Albert Park.  The day-to-day work consists of mainly driving and door-knocking.  It's a pretty easy gig, to be honest, and they are looking after us with good quality food and rest days.  I'm allowed to run too, as long as I sign in and out of a register and keep my phone on me.  In trying to see the best of the situation, I've been presented with almost the perfect conditions to get in great shape over the coming few weeks.  

I have reached my goal and would like to thank all my supporters

Thursday 27th May

Fundraising Target Hit!

Tuesday 25th May
I am super proud to see us reach the fundraising target of $10k this morning, 34 days out from the event! Thank you once again to everyone who has donated and/or have offered me some encouraging words. When shit gets hard come the week, the support you’ve all shown me will be a great reminder to keep going. Much love, cheers ♥️♥️♥️

22nd Birthday Marathon

Thursday 13th May
Yesterday was my 22nd birthday and I celebrated it by running a marathon around the track at Landy Field in Geelong.  Continuing the tradition I set last year on my 21st, I ran 105 and a half laps from 6 am to get the exact 42.195km distance.  

The plan was just to jog it because I was in no mood nor am I in any shape to go for a PB.  Ended up coming through in 3:09:19 which was right around where I wanted to finish.  

On the day I was joined by a good number of friends, my dad, and fellow runners sharing the track.  Without them, I wouldn't have run nearly as fast and they made my day a whole lot more enjoyable.  

I look forward to now finishing a planned 160km week with a couple of long training runs and the Great Ocean Road Marathon in 3 days to cap it off.  After all that, I will have run my biggest ever 7-day stretch and will have gained some nice confidence in my ability to endure serious mileage, ahead of the big one.  From Monday I will then look to back things right off and really refresh before the 777 kicks off in just 6 and a half weeks!

Canberra Marathon Weekend

Sunday 11th Apr
On Saturday morning I touched down in Canberra ready to take on the Canberra Marathon. Meeting me at the airport was John and his son Ben Wilson who are a couple of local lads also taking on the 777 in June. Their hospitality was honestly unreal and we had some great discussions about our mutual interests, including; David Goggins and running of course. They were also kind enough to give me a quick tour of Canberra too and took me up to Mount Ainslie and past a few historical buildings. After that, I checked into my hotel and spent the rest of the day taking it very easy ahead of the race on Sunday. During my easy shakeout run around lunchtime, I get called a numbskull by a fellow path user. He wasn't impressed that I kind of got in his way but no harm no foul in the end. Come race day and I was fired up. Despite a less than ideal sleep the night before as I listened to the intermittent wind and rain in my attempt to get some sleep. When I start the morning at 3:45 am things quickly go from bad to worse. In my desperation to smash a pre-race feed, I set off the very loud hotel alarm for 10 minutes that felt like an eternity. Long story short I climbed a barb wire fence to use the microwave... The gun goes off a couple of hours later and we’re into it. The conditions weren’t really all that bad, apart from some serious cold that made my hands literally numb. In the end, I was very happy to gut out a 5 minute PB in a time of 2:46. Now it’s time to relax and recharge for a few weeks before I turn my attention wholly towards running 7 marathons over 7 straight days in about 10 weeks time.

Puckapunyal Times

Sunday 28th Mar
9 days ago I came down from Geelong to Pucka, to do some army work for a couple of weeks. It’s been a lot of fun so far and the people I’ve been working with have been great too. Initially, I was a little worried I wasn’t going to be able to run once I got here, to not only keep my running streak alive but to also make sure I’m in the best shape I can be for the quickly approaching Canberra Marathon on 11/4! Luckily my staff have been very good to me and I’ve been able to keep up my training even though I’ve had to make a few adjustments. It’s pretty much consisted of death by hills for the last 5 days since we came out field but it will only make me stronger on the flat. Meanwhile, the fundraiser continues to steadily tick along. Won’t be long now until we hit the 10!! Life is good.

Trivia Night Recap

Monday 1st Mar
Last night I hosted a Trivia Night at the St Mary's Sporting Club to raise more money for my Braveheart's fundraiser.  While initially, I hoped to make about $1,000 from entry fees and minigames, I was fortunate enough to raise almost double that in the end, raking in a total of just under $2,000!!

The turnout was unreal as more than 100 attendees packed out the clubrooms to provide a great atmosphere. It was a tough thing to organise but a good learning experience. In saying that I most definitely couldn't have done so without the help of so many others who made the night happen.  My co-MC Yappa, Gerard, Matty, Scotty and Tom behind the bar, in particular, deserve a big mention but there were many others who helped in various ways too.

Thank you also to the sponsors who provided the prizes.

Only $2k to go!!

Met Peter Mahoney

Monday 1st Feb
30 JAN 21

After work, I caught up with a former finisher and 2021 Bravehearts' 777 runner Peter Mahoney.  He is just a ripper fella!

It was great to get to know him a little bit better after a few brief phone calls.  I first got in touch with him after randomly seeing him rocking a braveheart's singlet while on a run, whilst on my way to work. We chatted about our running backgrounds, (he has me covered by a lazy 230 or so marathons)  amongst other things.  He's a father of 5 and you can tell he's a family man.

One thing that I really took out of our meeting was that this event is about so much more than the running side of things.  Although I have been lucky enough never to suffer from sexual assault or exploitation, I am told that many people who participate are survivors.  I hope that at the end of the day, my participation in this event can help support Braveheart's work in eradicating this from our society.

I look forward to meeting more of the National runners very soon!

Over Halfway!

Thursday 21st Jan
And just like that the $5k marker has been hit!  

I want to once again say a big thanks to everyone that has donated and helped to spread the word so far.  The support has just been unbelievable and I am so very lucky to have so many people that on this occasion and on many others, have encouraged me through my every endeavour.

Regarding my training for the event, I am going to be a little bit greedy and try and punch out one more fast marathon before the 7/7/7 starts on June 28.  So Canberra Marathon on the 11th April it is.  Until then, for the next 11-12 weeks, I will maintain my standard ~100km weekly volume, with a few shorter races along the way before I really get into long and slow distance running mode.

I am obviously looking forward to the journey ahead but for now, I'm just gonna try and stay present and enjoy the process! 

Thanks,
Richie


Thank you to my Sponsors

$2k

Trivia Night Funds

$1,000

Steigen Pty Ltd

$515

Grassroots Movement Australia

$300

Mum And Dad

$300

J+b

the team is following you closely squirt.

$295

Richard Egan

$293

Declan Robertson

Legendary effort Ritta, keep it up king 👑

$212

Harry Kelly

3 votes to you Richie, well done

$212

Wayne Moore

Good luck Richie and well done for what you are doing

$159

Geelong Runners Club

Go get em’ Richie!

$131

Zane Wright

Great job Ritchie

$106

Mel Rylance

Awesome challenge, good luck 🏃‍♂️

$106

Mel Rylance

Happy birthday 🥳

$106

Brodie

$106

Kev - Gm Of Thursday Runners..

You legend !

$106

Steve

Amazing work Richie. Most of the St Mary's runners in my time couldn't run around the block (except for Mark Boxer) so you're putting everyone to shame. Love the work you're doing both for your own development and to help child sexual assault which unfortunately is way too common in our society.

$106

David Ellis

All the best Richie. Esprit De Corps!

$106

Zoe

$106

Luke Johnston

Well done mate.

$106

Zac Wright

Well done mate

$106

Matt

Should be easy considering you won’t have to chase me this time

$106

Hayley Newman

Your amazing!! Best of luck

$100

Cameron Way

Good luck mate with the 777 Marathon

$100

Matt Daniels

Real recognise real 👊 All the best mate.

$100

De Grandi Cycle & Sport

$80

Lochie Hosking

Awesome stuff legend, proud of you mate

$79.50

Lachlan Jewell

Keep up the awesome Ritchie, Smash this one out!!

$79.50

Eric Durante

$79.50

Patrick Brice

Awesome effort Rit, all the best sir

$61.48

Andrew Mcneel

Very inspiring stuff Richy! Keep up the great work legend

$58.30

Isaac Mcmahon

Proud of you mate! Stay hard

$53

Marcus Curypko

This is inspirational mate. My best wishes to you for a safe and successful 777!

$53

Cooper Hosking

Happy Birthday legend x

$53

Anonymous

Yeah boi !

$53

Mark Pleasance

$53

Douglas Bond

$53

The Lings

Amazing effort Ritchie

$53

Josh Mills

Just phenomenal

$53

Jane White

Thanks Richie ! What you are doing to protect our children is amazing 🌟🌟

$53

Emma Hoskin

$53

Tom Davis

Awesome stuff mate, truely inspirational

$53

P

This is an incredible effort, you should be so proud 😊 -P

$53

Joe Villanti

$53

Aunty Lyn

You are doing a great job Richie. Very proud of you. Aunty Lyn

$53

Joe Kneebone

All the best brother

$53

Jessica Taylor

$53

Miriam Kleijn

Good work Richie! Super impressive goal to aim for and for a good foundation too!!

$53

Taira Tajiri

Keep it up Richie!

$53

Michelle Morrissey

Well done Richie!

$53

Megan Littel

Best of luck Richie taking on this massive challenge. I’ve no doubt you’ll do great! Keep up the amazing work with your running, you’re so inspiring!

$53

Gwen And Peter James

Amazing challenge. Well done Richie

$53

Ness And Simon Rahme

$53

Harry Ling

Amazing effort Ritta!

$53

Darcy Brice

Go kick some ass mate, inspiring stuff!

$53

Jesse Delaney

As always Richie you continue to push yourself in amazing ways and raising money for great causes along the way. Keep up the incredible work and if you ever need a training partner at 4.30am hit me up!!!!

$53

Bronte Primmer

You never cease to amaze me Richie!! Can’t wait to see you smash this challenge 💪

$53

Paul Taylor

Good luck hope you smash it!

$53

Lily Twyford

Absolutely legendary

$50

Paul Posterino

You are a really inspirational person Richie. We are really looking forward to seeing you dominate this event.

$50

Tobias Hogg

Inspiring stuff mate! Keep up the hard work and best of luck in June!

$50

Isaac Hockey

Rich - bloody amazing mate, I shake my head every week at your Monday morning nocturnal effort, let alone this. If anyone has got this, it sure is you!

$50

Andy L

$50

Lachie Wright

Goodluck mate! Can’t wait to hear about it all on some Sunday long runs 👌

$50

Hugh

Love your work rit! Keen to finish on the GC together 💪

$50

Danny Gray

You’re a great young man Richie, keep doing what you love!

$50

J Pineda

Good luck my bro! You got this

$50

Raimondo Family

Well done Richie!

$50

Dave Grazules

I have no doubt you'll reach your targets - both fundraising and the marathon goal. Great cause, you'll smash it in Qld

$50

Hugh Brooks

Keep up the hard work Richie!

$50

Zoe Morrissey

Absolute legend. You’re doing an incredible thing!

$50

Matthew Robertson

You're a much better human than I! Go you good thing!! But please... at some point... just a have a warm shower!!

$50

Jacob Welsh

Keep getting after it

$50

Tommy

Love your work Richie!!

$50

Khiara Egan

Go Rich!

$50

Bek Lebish

$50

Reuben Becker

Should get you a slab ;)

$44

Nick Brown

🔥 love your work rich

$40

Steven Paul

$39

Vivian Lam

keep up the good work:)

$37.10

Sarah Jayamaha

Great work! It was so great to run with you for a bit at GOR. Your positivity was so helpful to me that day. I’m not at all surprised you’re taking on something incredible and inspiring like this! Good luck with it all!

$31.80

Tom Foley

$31.80

Jarom Toi

On ya bro 👏🏽

$31.80

Allie Drake

$31.80

Hayden Mcmahon

I’m so inspired and proud of you legend!

$31.80

Amber Mcdonald

Always so proud of you rich, such a great role model .

$26.50

Ryhan Oconnor

You’re an inspiration mate

$26.50

Alice Rowe

$26.50

Kyle Meyer

Keep up the great work Richie!

$26.50

Hayden Mcmahon

$26.50

Wendi Hickey

Keep kicking goals Rich

$26.50

Mathew Smoult

$26.50

Tom Page

Absolutely astounding Rich, you’re a super star!

$26.50

James

Good luck Richie xx

$26.50

Ty Willis

Huge effort champion, go get em!

$26.50

J-dogz

get it king

$25

Gerard Robertson

Great effort Ritchie, all the best mate

$25

Anonymous

$25

Ben Ludbrook

Get em Rich!

$25

J P

$25

Aussie Perrott

Keep it up mate 💪💪💪

$21.20

Kate Bramley

Have an awesome run(s) 🤣

$21.20

Sanjana Malewar

You’re an absolute gun Richie! Keep it up!

$21.20

Devon Wells

$20

Ben Drenovac

Good work mate keep it up, look forward to going for a run soon

$20

Todd Jones

$20

Ged Sweeney

Hope you kept left at all times!

$20

Alex Holroyd

Love ya ridda xo

$15

Sam Mclachlan

Huge effort mate! Keen for a few runs in the prep!

$10.60

Maddy Lane

Well done!!

$10

Andrew Valenti

My hero!

$10

Anonymous

$10

George Vincent

$5.30

Finn Doyle

Good stuff Ridda!!