Luke DeCock

DeCock: Continental marathon challenge complete

Last week, I wrote about 2005 North Carolina grad Tim Durbin, who was on his way to Antarctica to begin a wild quest: To run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

Over the past week, he ran 183.4 miles in six days and 20 hours, in Antarctica and Chile and Miami and Spain and Morocco and Dubai and Australia, wrapping up Friday in Sydney by running the final leg in 4 hours, 55 minutes.

He is believed to be the first American to complete the World Marathon Challenge.

In an email from Sydney, where he's taking a week to recover, Durbin summed up the week:

“I'm feeling pretty good both mentally and physically. One ankle is a little sore probably from overuse. It's still hard to believe that it's over. I think it will take a couple weeks to set in on what I accomplished and the journey meant to me. It was only a week but it felt much longer than that. The support from home, from family, friends and complete strangers, meant so much and made the hard parts much easier.”

Durbin set out to raise $77,777 for the V Foundation. To donate, click here.