A marathon a day, for a whole year

THREE-hundred-and-twenty-four days ago, Alan Murray and his wife Janette Murray-Wakelin set off from Warrandyte, Victoria.

Fast forward to last Friday and the extremely fit and dedicated pair - aged in their 60s - jogged into Naracoorte, after running around the whole country.

Each and every day of their trip they have run an average of 43km - a marathon a day - without a day of rest.

"We're starting to lose count of the days now," Alan told the Herald.

The aim of their run - dubbed "Running Raw Around Australia 2013" is to inspire and motivate conscious lifestyle choices, to promote kindness and compassion for all living beings and to raise environmental awareness for a sustainable future.

The pair are raw vegan, surviving only on fresh fruit, vegetables and water.

Janette said they just wanted to be an example of what is possible if you set your mind to it.

"I think it's to inspire people and just to be an example of what is possible if you make the right lifestyle choice," she said.

Alan added: "One of the things we do is lifestyle coaching: you can do anything if you just eat raw food."

And the proof is in the pudding - with the couple both in their 60s and healthier than most.

But it wasn't always that way.

At 52, about a decade ago, Janette was diagnosed with breast cancer and the prognosis was that she would only live for six months or possibly a year with conventional chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

"That was the last time I've been to a doctor," she recalled. "I told him I wasn't going to die just yet."

Once their trip around Australia is done the couple won't be putting up their feet.

On January 1 they will run one more marathon from Melbourne to Warrandyte along the Yarra Trail to set a new world record for the most consecutive marathons.

"I'm looking forward to a sleep-in on January 2," Alan said.

Janette spoke highly of the SE, especially the scenery on their two-and-a-half day stretch from Keith to Naracoorte.

"Around here is shaping up really well (to be their favourite part of the trip)," she said. "It's just so nice to be around the green countryside."

Alan said he was happy with SA roads and the wide shoulders to run on.

Aside from raising awareness about their lifestyle, the pair are also raising funds for charities such as Kids Under Cover, the Australian Paralympic Committee, Animals Australia and The Gawler Foundation.

For more information on the pair's journey and their preparation and lifestyle, visit www.runningrawaroundaustralia.com.

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