Running4change was born from a simple message that we are all capable of positive CHANGE and brought to life by one-time tradie turned Therapeutic carer and Adventure runner Mick Marshall by taking on a most gruelling World Record.

Mick has always enjoyed running for great causes and has partnered up with BERRY STREET – Victoria’s Largest independent child and family welfare organisation which helps to create POSITIVE CHANGE in the lives of Victorian children and families affected by trauma, abuse and neglect. He will be raising funds, lifting the profile and building further awareness of the extra ordinary work Berry Street does with Victorian Families. Mick will also be supporting 3 other charities, RU OK?, River’s Gift and JDRF in various ways throughout this campaign.

We all know the positive effects that moving (exercise, walk, run, taking that first step) has on our mental health and general wellbeing and when we start challenging our own so-called limits and begin connecting with others, this becomes the perfect recipe for positive change to begin.

A born and bred country boy from Ballarat in Western Victoria. Mick is well known for his easy-going nature who has always enjoyed a challenge and has picked a doozy to open the gates on mental health, create discussion and for us all to understand that it is NEVER too late to make the decision to have a crack and start taking action.

Over the course of one year, Mick will attempt a Guinness Book of World Record for Most Desert Races Ran in a single Year.

Mick will be taking on 8 gruelling ultra-marathons all of different disciplines, multi-days, self-supported and nonstop point to point, which makes this even harder on the body to adapt to. For most it is a dream to complete one of these events in a lifetime. The itinerary is brutal covering 1,436km of some of the most uninhabitable terrain in the world. These countries include the deserts of Peru, Oman, Africa, India, the US and of course Australia. With distances ranging between 100km and 520km, Mick will face the hottest, windiest, and driest conditions imaginable as he takes one step at a time (approx. 1,436,000 steps) to complete this world record.

We invite everyone to be part of this this amazing challenge and follow this journey for us all to be inspired towards POSITIVE CHANGE.

With the uniqueness of the world record spanning over such a long period of time this gives the opportunity to really build momentum leading up to the last race. We intend to grow the social media side of things through the website (WWW.RUNNING4CHANGE.COM.AU) to welcome people and create an atmosphere where everyone feels involved, and one by one as the races are completed, creating a sense of feeling and achievement that anyone can do anything while gaining momentum to the final race, THE WORLDS LONGEST MULTIDAY EVENT “THE TRACK” 520km right here in Australia from Alice Springs to Uluru. 

Mick’s Employer, BERRY STREET has set up a funding platform for this project at EVERY DAY HERO called RUNNING4CHANGE. We are asking (charities and sponsors, races and sponsors, businesses etc.) to get behind Mick and share this link on their social media platforms -

We are also seeking speaking opportunities/support from businesses, clubs, schools, organizations etc. looking to promote and align themselves with the key message that POSITIVE CHANGE is possible through following this extreme and unique challenge that naturally inspires others to have a go.

Any questions or to chat about any of the above, please contact Mick direct on 0481 799 022 or email: we certainly look forward to hearing from you.

The 8 desert Races are:

Race1. Big Red Run- Simpson desert (Australia) - 150km 27th June – 2nd July 2018

Race 2. Peru 8Mil Desert Challenge– Ica Desert (Lima, PERU) 104km 19th– 21st July 2018

Race 3. Run Larapinta-Simpson desert (Australia)-136km 17th– 20th August 2018 

Race 4. Ultra-Mirage El Djerid 100k (UMED)– Sahara Desert (Tozeur, Tunisia, North Africa) – 100km 28th– 30th September 2018

Race 5. Oman Desert Marathon– Oman Desert (Bidiyah, Oman) – 165km 16th– 24th November

Race 6. Run the Rann- Rann Desert (India) 161km 2nd– 5th February 2019

Race 7. Zion Ultra– Utah Desert (Utah, US) 100KM 18th– 20th April 2019

Race 8. The Track Australia– Simpson Desert (Alice Springs, Australia) 520km 15th– 24th May 2019

Mick Marshals World Record Attempt

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