MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new team called “Hold the Plane” was formed to compete in next year’s World Marathon Challenge, an awe-inspiring sporting event that demands its participants complete seven marathons in seven days, traveling to every corner of the globe. The team is comprised of an eclectic mix of individuals representing all walks of life, including: a Major League Baseball All-Star, Major League Baseball team President, Boston Marathon Race Director, Paralympian triathlete, reality TV star and Playboy cover model. The challenge kicks off in Antarctica on January 30th, 2018, and culminates in Miami on February 5th.
“I’ve always been attracted to seemingly-insurmountable obstacles, but this one may take the cake,” said David Samson, President of the Miami Marlins. “Although the concept of taxing our bodies with this challenge is incredibly daunting and risky, it will be more than worthwhile given the organizations which will benefit.”
All proceeds from charitable donations will go to the following causes: Marlins Foundation, Camp Interlaken JCC, The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research, Jewish Federation of Broward County, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, The ALS Association, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of America, Martin Richard Foundation, Conine Clubhouse and Stand Up to Cancer.
During the 168-hour period, competitors will fly by charter plane and must run standard 42.2km (26.2 miles) marathon distances at Novo (Antarctica), Cape Town (South Africa), Perth (Australia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Madrid (Spain), Barranquilla (Colombia) and Miami (USA). At each location, local experts will ensure the correct distance on custom courses.
In addition to David Samson, team “Hold the Plane” includes Jeff Conine, Michael Hill, Dave McGillivray, Sarah Reinersten, Sarah Lacina, Mikayla Wingle, Bret Parker, PJ Loyello, Brad Miller, John Silverman, Dr. Debra Carneol, Josh Cohen, Josh Samson, Mitch Moser and Cara Nelson.
For more information or to donate to these important causes, please visit www.777marathon.com.