Our ambassador, Becca Pizzi, became the first American female to finish the World Marathon Challenge—running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days! She finished the races in 27 hours, 26 minutes, and 15 seconds, with an average time of 03:55:11. She also set event records in every race, which enabled her to break the previous overall time record by a large margin—about 13 hours; but her time is irrelevant next to the accomplishment itself. Through decades of training and extreme discipline, Becca managed to reach a goal that, to many, might seem impossible. From running a full marathon at -4 degrees Fahrenheit to doing the same at 77 degrees Fahrenheit just days later in Sydney, Becca has joined an exclusive club to which only a few can say they belong.
Becca maintained a regular lead among the field of female participants, often leading by substantial margins—in Madrid, she finished an hour ahead of the second-place female. From the very beginning on Union Glacier, Becca trusted in her training, stuck to the pace she wanted, and never gave up.
Her journey was immense. She left her home for two weeks, flew more than 23,000 miles around the globe, spent 59 hours in the air, and grasped a few hours of sleep when possible. But the path to this moment extends even further in the past. Becca has been running competitively since she was 6 years old. In her life, she has run 45 marathons (52 after the World Marathon Challenge), and has run countless miles in other races and training sessions. Her years of dedication and hard work have paid off, enabling her to run an impressive 183 miles on 7 continents in one week!
The race was full of memorable moments. In Antarctica, Becca set an event record by finishing under 4 hours. In Madrid, past World Marathon Challengers Marianna Zaikova and James Love, helped her through the European leg. She suffered a pulled groin muscle just two minutes into her sixth race in Dubai, having to slow her pace in order to finish. And in Australia, she completed the race on top of the women’s group and became the first American female to finish the week-long event.
“It is an incredible honor to be the first American female to complete the World Marathon Challenge,” Pizzi stated. “I run to inspire, so this race was a chance for me to show the world that anything is possible.”
But Becca was always racing for something more than just history. She was racing for her community in her hometown of Belmont, Massachusetts—who has rallied to her cause and showed tremendous support for Becca since day one. She was racing for her family and friends, particularly her 8-year old daughter, Taylor, to show her the values of hard work and determination. And she did it for the running community as a whole for the very same reasons.
As one of Becca’s official sponsors for the World Marathon Challenge, we couldn’t be more proud of her and her exceptional accomplishment. She has raised the bar for marathoners, and can claim something that few others can. We are continually impressed and inspired by her motivation, and are fortunate to have her as one of our ambassadors.
What’s next for Becca? Amazingly, she’s currently training to run in the 120th Boston Marathon this spring. As for her thoughts on her running of the World Marathon Challenge, she writes:
“I hope I’ve helped people see that you can do whatever you put your mind to.”