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EP 24: Kim Allan - 500km Run Non Stop

Ultra Marathon Legend Kim Allan

Kim Allan is a New Zealand-based ultra marathon runner. At the age of 47 on 22 November 2012 she attempted to complete a 500 km Ultra marathon with no sleep around the Sri Chimnoy Peace Mile at Auckland Domain, raising money for the New Zealand spinal trust and the Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust but she only managed 385.8 km. However that wasn't the end of the story.

Allan followed up at the International Association of Ultra runners (IAU) 24 Hour World Championship in the Netherlands on 11 & 12 May 2013 by accomplishing 203.919 km in the 24 hour period, then in December 2013 Allan ran for 86 hours, 11 minutes and 9 seconds without sleeping.  In that run she broke the previous women's world record of running without sleep (which was 486 kilometers) reaching 500 kilometers.  She was running to support the New Zealand Spinal Trust

In this interview Lisa talks to Kim about overcoming obstacles, pushing the limits physically and mentally and what you gain when you face your fears, fight through the suffering and go for your goals.

This incredible lady has much to teach us and you will leave inspired and challenged to achieve more no matter what your dream is and to never give up.

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