We are pleased to announce that Marie-Louise Stenild completed her 7x7x7 Challenge last Friday in London. She is now officially the first woman to have run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. The Honda LA Marathon staff is truly amazed and proud of her accomplishment and we feel honored to have been a part of her journey. To make sure she gets the full Stadium to the Sea experience we have invited her back as our guest to run the 2011 Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss. We are looking forward to welcoming her back to Los Angeles in March.
Here is a recap of her adventure from the Westminster Chronicle:
Pimlico woman runs into record books
A Pimlico lawyer has run her way into the record books by completing an epic marathon challenge.
Marie-Louise Stenild, 36, of Dolphin Square, has become the first woman to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. She began her quest on October 30 in the Falklands and crossed the finishing line on The Mall in Westminster on November 5, taking in Chile, the USA, Australia, Singapore and Egypt along the route.
After completing the challenge, she said: “I’m just very happy and it’s really nice to be home. “The Singapore marathon was very tough because it was very hot and humid, but I’ve been quite strong throughout the race which has surprised me. “I’m just so pleased not to have to worry about getting on a plane.”
Before she left, she told the Chronicle: “Failure is not an option.” To recover from her 183.4-mile challenge, Miss Stenild took a week off work as a City-based lawyer with Rogge Global Partners, which sponsored her. She was inspired by adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, whom she heard speak about his 7x7x7 in 2005.
At the finishing line, she was cheered by her friends, family and colleagues. Her father Anders Stenild said: “In the beginning, I thought it was a crazy idea but she has done a very good job. “I think she’s inspired me to do a bit more running now.”
Miss Stenild ran the race to raise money for the Adam Rogers Trust, set up by Mark and Fiona Rogers in memory of their 13-year-old son Adam, who died of a brain tumour three years ago. The trust cares for children with cancer and encourages adults with learning difficulties to live and work in the community. Miss Stenild decided to raise money for the charity through her challenge, as she was so moved by Adam’s story and the strength and dedication of his parents.