State Representative and Frisco businessman Patrick (Pat) Fallon has just completed seven marathons in seven days on seven continents—that’s 183.4 miles on foot and 30,000 miles in air travel—and before today, he had never run a marathon in his life.
Only 11 people had successfully completed the World Marathon Challenge before this year’s race, and now Fallon is not only one of the first to complete the challenge without having previous marathon experience, but at 48 years old, he is also one of the oldest to do so. (Not that 48 is old…)
Fallon crossed his last finish line just hours ago in Sydney, finishing in 3rd place with a personal record of 3 hours and 53 minutes.
His inspiration? #TeamJonny…A young kid named Jonny Wade, who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and lost his battle on Christmas Eve. You can follow the family’s journey on Facebook.
In an effort to find a cure to end pediatric cancer, Fallon set a goal of raising $77,777.77 for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. As of today, he has raised almost $38,500. According to the foundation, funds for childhood cancer research make up less than 4 percent of all cancer research funding from the federal government. You can support the cause here!
The World Marathon Challenge begins at Union Glacier, Antarctica, and as soon as the first marathon begins, runners have 168 hours to complete seven marathons on all seven continents. This years challenge took runners from Antarctica to Punta Arenas, Chile (South America); Miami, Florida (North America); Madrid (Europe); Marrakech, Morocco (Africa); Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Asia); and Sydney (Australia). The challenge is owned and operated by Polar Running Adventures and their CEO, Richard Donovan.
Fallon is the founder and owner of Virtus Apparel, a pre-printed line of designer and active wear. He is also a member of the Texas House of Representatives serving Denton County as their elected legislator for House District 106 since 2013. Fallon has called North Texas home for over 25 years and is married to his wife Susan, and they have two sons, Thomas and Mac.
Congratulations, Rep. Pat Fallon!