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Pat Farmer

Pat Farmer

Ultra-marathon runner
Language : English

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Pat Farmer has transformed his interest of ultra-marathon running into a professional career – setting and breaking world records at events globally, while simultaneously raising funds for charities and medical research programs. A high profile leader, acknowledged for an enviable media following, positive “brand” awareness, and the influence to unite and inspire action for a vision or solution. Pat spent nine years as a successful federal politician, supported by an internationally

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Pat Farmer has transformed his interest of ultra-marathon running into a professional career – setting and breaking world records at events globally, while simultaneously raising funds for charities and medical research programs. A high profile leader, acknowledged for an enviable media following, positive “brand” awareness, and the influence to unite and inspire action for a vision or solution. Pat spent nine years as a successful federal politician, supported by an internationally renowned athletic career that transitioned into motivational / inspirational public speaking engagements.

Raised brand awareness for sport and sponsors, gaining a reputation for entertaining addresses; with his trademark combination of enthusiasm, drive and commitment. His open communicative leadership style creates a team vision of growth, harmony and a culture of success.

Pat has achieved The Greatest Run in History - an incredible trek from the North to the South Pole - 14 countries, over 21,000km. Two marathons per day, no days off, for almost a year. He completed the run from the North Pole through Canada, USA, Mexico, Panama, the Darien Jungle, the deserts of Peru, Chile and the Antarctic. Apart from this amazing run, Pat's goal is to raise awareness for clean water in the world which in turn will greatly assist the Red Cross. Pat Farmer is an incredible motivational speaker. Pat has an extremely engaging and humble style that appeals to the audience. His remarkable determination is best summed up by his statement, “You can do anything you want to do in life, if you don't want to do it you will just find an excuse".

He challenges audiences to go beyond what they think are possible. This is backed by his extensive ultra distance achievements prior to the Pole to Pole Run.  

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POLE TO POLE

In January 2012 Pat Farmer accomplished one of the greatest human feats in history. He arrived at the South Pole after the longest and arguably most dangerous run in history, a physical and mental conquest against terrible odds that puts him in the company of history’s great adventurers, Sir Edmund Hillary, Robert Falcon Scott and Thor Heyerdahl.

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Pat Farmer’s 21,000 kilometre Pole to Pole run, dedicated to raising funds for the
Red Cross, began in the North Pole in April 2011 and took him through Canada, the United States, Central America and South America to his final destination in the Antarctic.

 

He ran an incredible average of 65 kilometres every day, some days running up to 100 kilometers or more, equivalent to almost two and a half marathons in a day. The epic trek saw Pat brave blizzards, nearly lose his life when he became lost in the blazing deserts of Peru, evade polar bears, snakes, crocodiles, armed bandits and rogue militia, and narrowly miss being wiped out by an out-of-control truck.

He defied unimaginable pain, suffered dehydration and stress injuries and destroyed his feet. Unbelievably, in the most daunting section of the run he set a new running record for the South Pole, averaging over 50 kilometres a day while being blasted by a ferocious blizzard and -40 degree temperatures.

 

Pole to Pole is Pat Farmer’s diary of his achievement, chronicling the highs and lows of the life of an extreme athlete. Revealing how and why he kept going through some of the most inhospitable places on earth, Pat was determined to raise money for a cause he passionately believed in and to get home to this two children, Brooke and Dillon.
 

Karl Stefanovic

‘Pat Farmer’s Pole to Pole run is surely one of history’s great endurance feats and what makes Pat’s efforts all the more commendable is that, because of the funds he has raised, life is going to get better for thousands of people in impoverished and devastated communities all over the world.’

Pat Farmer - Pole to Pole Run
Pat Farmer - Pole to Pole Run