An incredible athletic feat that raised a sizable amount of money for charity was accomplished by a British man in 2022 by running one marathon per day for the entire year, or 365 marathons.
He also got almost £1 million in sponsorships for the two organizations he wanted to assist during this time.
A swarm of cheering spectators applauded Gary McKee, a 53-year-old father of three from Cleator Moor in Cumbria in northern England after he finished his 365th marathon of the year on New Year’s Eve.
McKee had earned money for West Cumbria’s Hospice at Home and Macmillan Cancer Support.
McKee continued running the 26.2-mile journey every morning before beginning his job as the group leader at the nuclear plant Sellafield, regardless of the weather—rain, sun, or snow.
He has run 9,563 miles and gone through 22 pairs of running shoes.
When Mckee finished the last marathon, he told the BBC, “The streets were lined. Despite it raining, everyone was outside cheering and clapping. It was beautiful to see everyone.
It’s something I’ll never forget.
In the past, McKee has accomplished various unique athletic feats, like jogging from the southwest tip of England to the northeastern end of Scotland and climbing Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa.
He has also hiked through New Zealand. McKee had completed 100 and 110 marathons in 100 and 110 days, respectively.
Since his father, Victor, was diagnosed with cancer in 1997, McKee has been working to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
In 2005, his father passed away from an unrelated condition.
Macmillan Cancer Support wrote in a tweet: “Gary McKee has completed the race! A fantastic way to wrap up the year!
Congratulations on running 365 marathons in 2022, covering a total distance of 9,563 miles and raising more than £1,000,000—an incredible achievement of tenacity and willpower.
It’s difficult to express how appreciative Hospice At Home West Cumbria is to Gary for taking on this incredible undertaking, according to Hayley McKay, director of financing and communications.
He has displayed great mental and physical fortitude.
Gary has helped raise money for two fantastic causes, worked his magic on the neighborhood, and united those supporting him in the challenge.
For the last run, Gary was joined by a sizable group of locals, including students from a nearby school.