Thank you so much for visiting the website to learn a little more about the “Marathon Man” adventures.
My name is Trent Morrow and I am 42 years old originally from Sydney, Australia and now residing in the United States of America.
Having always been a big fan of sports growing up the world of athletics was never a major focus for me with team sports such as rugby league and rugby union dominating during the winter months and cricket taking over in summer.
I played rugby union during school and was fortunate to represent the Australian National University Colts Rugby Union team as Captain for three years while studying for my Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and History in the national capital with a representative trial and finals football being the highest honour achieved.
1993, during the final year of my studies, was one of the toughest periods to date as my Mum, Kay Morrow lost her brave fight against colon cancer in August. I had grown up with my brother Craig with my Mum doing an incredible job raising us both as a single parent following my parents divorce at an early age. At 20 years old I was soon to complete my studies and be faced with the realities of moving on with life, entering the workforce, finding a place to live and finding a new path without the most influential person in my world.
I soon found my new home in the eastern suburbs of Sydney falling in love with the iconic Bondi Beach and established myself in a sales career building a solid résumé over the years ahead with leading organisations such as Novartis Consumer Products, Reckitt Benckiser and Panasonic.
During the years ahead the career was a focus with additional studies to complete a Masters of Business in Marketing at the University of Technology, Sydney bringing to an end the rugby union playing days. There would be times where I would take on a 10km fun run or the City 2 Surf Fun Run in Sydney although these were few and far apart with no thought of running a marathon.
It was not until 31st December 2006 when at the Christening of my niece Nicole I spotted a family picture and almost did not recognise myself… The career focus had seen me lose sight of my health with no regular fitness schedule, poor diet and lack of energy resulting in me recognising that it was time for me to take personal responsibility and change my life for the better.
It was essential that diet and activity were the immediate priorities and I was determined to try and try again until I discovered what worked best for me. The first priority was to search out diet options to work in with my corporate career as my talents in the kitchen were not a highlight of the bachelor lifestyle. I had tested Light & Easy previously and did not rate the food at the time, so started with Weight Watchers and soon found counting points and the meetings were not for me. I then turned to Jenny Craig and found the food was actually really good with decent portion controls to keep me going. The weigh in and meetings with consultants was not really much fun for me and soon discovered a phone service that provided a coach with meals delivered and a weekly motivational session. The fact that my coach happened to have the same name as my Mum seemed a little like fate.
This worked for me and I was soon on the way to dropping weight with a focus on the right food and regular activity. I was not ready to run and focused on spending lots of time at the gym on the stepper / elyptical machine or in spin classes. There was nothing going to stop me and on some days would be in the gym before and after work. It was over a period of the next nine months that I lost close to 20kg and I was now ready to take on my big goal of completing my first ever half marathon in Sydney in September 2007.
It had not been all that long ago when I remember driving around Sydney during the 2000 Olympics and being intrigued by the kilometre markings that seemed to go on forever. I vividly recall seeing the 10km, 15km, 21km, 30km and thinking are you serious…
In the lead up to my first half marathon I had primarily been in the gym and had never run more than 14km at the City 2 Surf. This would be a big test and luckily I made it across the line in 1:51. Not too bad for the first half marathon even though I could not walk for the next week.
It was now that I had learnt that it was important to continually set new goals and not rest when one major goal was achieved. This can be applied to all areas of life whether it be your business, relationship, financial, health or physical it is valuable to reassess where you are at and plan for future success.
It was not long before I was planning to step up and take on the challenge of a lifetime signing up to the Marathon des Sables – a multi staged endurance event over 250km known as the Toughest Footrace on Earth across the Sahara Desert. This was to be a defining moment and open up a new world of possibilities. In March/April 2008 I successfully crossed the Sahara Desert in temperatures above 50 degrees C and soon found myself ready to take on the world.
Following my travels to the Sahara I found myself in London for my first real taste of a major city marathon and soon completed my first official marathon in the beautiful European City of Prague in May. In 2008 I ran six marathons in six weeks in Sydney, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Dublin, New York and Athens. WOW – what a great adventure this new world is… Talk about an amazing way to see the world, meet incredible people and keep healthy and fit.
During 2009 – 2012 I would continue the “Marathon Man” adventures primarily running in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. It was common to search out marathons and ultra marathons to then travel to events on the weekends and return back to my desk to continue business on Monday morning.
During 2011, I was the only person to run an official marathon in every state and territory of Australia and in both islands of New Zealand. It was a great honour to back this achievement up again the following year in 2012!
There was a calling for a bigger challenge and the thought of running more official marathons than any other person across all 7 continents seemed like a solid goal at the time. There is a higher purpose behind this mission of a lifetime to honour the memory of my Mum and share the journey with others that have been in a similar position, or are going through challenges right now. It is important to me to be able to make a difference to help others going through hard times and hopefully inspire people around the world along the way as my Mum inspires me still to this day. The fact that 2013 would be the 20 year anniversary since the passing of my Mum and the reality that I had discovered my Step Mum was battling terminal lung cancer convinced me that this was the moment!
It is with much pride that I was successful in this audacious mission, running more than 200 marathons in 16 months across all 7 continents with an adventure that will remain with me for a lifetime. The most special experience was meeting so many new and incredible people that shared the journey and helped keep the dream alive each and every day with the recognition as World Record Holder for the most marathons across 7 continents a bonus.
Having crossed the line for marathon number 300 at The Boston Marathon earlier this year there are many more exciting new adventures planned around the globe. I look forward to sharing my passion for health, fitness and the marathon world. See you on the road soon.
Age – 42 years
Height – 6’2″ or 187cm
Weight – 98kg or 216 pounds
Home – Sydney, Australia
Business Experience – National Sales Manager in the pharmaceutical and consumer goods sector
Interests – Politics, current affairs, travel, running, scuba diving
Favourite sports – Rugby League, Rugby Union, Football, AFL, Cricket, NFL, NBA, tennis, golf
Favourite foods – Italian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Seafood