Comedian running 31 marathons in 31 days for charity

Nicola Blackburn and Kerry McCarthy
·3-min read
Photo credit: GINTS IVUSKANS - Getty Images
Photo credit: GINTS IVUSKANS - Getty Images

From Runner's World

Comedian Eddie Izzard is partway through her latest marathon challenge: running 31 marathons in 31 days, as part of her ‘Make Humanity Great Again’ campaign.

Today marked Day 5 of the challenge, in which Izzard is running 26.2 miles each day on a treadmill, followed by delivering a stand-up gig streamed from the Riverside Studios, in west London. The gig series is called 'Still Standing'.

Izzard’s ‘Make Humanity Great Again’ campaign will raise money for charities supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Viewers are encouraged to join in virtually over Zwift or Zoom as she runs the marathons. The subsequent gigs will provide a ‘best-of’ of Izzard’s stand-up, and will include two performances of her latest show, ‘Wunderbar’, in German (January 23) and in French (January 28).

Each run will take the ‘theme’ of a different city – a nod to Izzard’s past challenges, which have seen her run marathons in various international locations. Last February, Izzard ran 29 marathons in 29 days, one in each European capital, plus a final extra one back in London. She raised £140,000.

She also ran 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa in 2016 and 43 marathons in 51 days in 2009.

On the campaign’s crowdfunding page, Izzard wrote: ‘Make Humanity Great Again stands for unity, the sharing of beliefs and the power of human beings uniting across the continents and around the world.

‘As a campaign, it seeks to promote a fair chance in life for all, particularly those who experience disadvantage and discrimination.’

And speaking after the challenge had launched she said: 'There is too much talk of division in the world. Too much talk designed to pull us apart. In my life I try to look for the opposite - to look for what brings us together, which helps make us all stronger.

'Working together feeds the spirit that can restore the greatness to humanity. ‘Make Humanity Great Again’ stands for unity, the sharing of beliefs and the power of human beings uniting across the continents and around the world. As a campaign it seeks to promote a fair chance in life for all, particularly those who experience disadvantage and discrimination. It speaks to people who believe there is more goodwill than ill-will in the world, who believe in the positive qualities of humanity and in the Golden Rule - to treat other people the way you would like to be treated yourself.'

Running brand Mizuno is kit sponsor for Eddie's challenge (he's wearing the Wave Rider 24 shoes in case you're wondering) and has created kit for her which features a special Make Humanity Great Again logo.

Mizuno UK Marketing Manager Graham Johnson said:

'The partnership with Eddie provides an ideal platform for Mizuno to demonstrate its global corporate philosophy of "Contributing to society through the advancement of sporting goods and the promotion of sports." In taking on the challenge of running 31 marathons in 31 days on a treadmill, Eddie is committing to an extraordinary feat which will test Eddie’s physical and psychological powers to the maximum.'

View the the ‘Make Humanity Great Again’ trailer here:

Donate to Izzard’s campaign here.

You Might Also Like