Sam Hensen-Thompson of Perth, Australia, has by no means been a runner or a fan of “land sports activities,” however someday after he couldn’t discover a pair of trainers for a trot alongside the seashore path, he determined to take issues into his personal palms and run in fashion carrying his seashore thongs.
Now, after just a few runs in thongs, the 24-year-old surf coach is set to finish a marathon.
Thongs, to not be mistaken for girls’s underwear, is the Australian time period for flip flops or sandals. The Aussie model includes a rubber sole held to the foot by two straps that meet between the primary and second toes.
For what began as a 10K jog, Hensen-Thompson labored his method as much as a decent 1:51 “thong” half marathon final week. “The half was not straightforward, nevertheless it wasn’t as exhausting as I believed,” says Hensen-Thompson. “It took 11 kilometres to settle in, then I put the hammer down for the final 10.”
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“I’m planning on doing the marathon in late February, however at the moment checking out logistics and the place to complete,” says Hensen-Thompson.
It’s at the moment the center of summer season in Perth, and most of the marathons in Western Australia are in the course of the winter season. “I need to accomplish this objective ASAP,” he says. If his marathon goes properly, Hensen-Thompson is contemplating operating 100 km in thongs.
Hensen-Thompson says the final time he ran was in highschool. “I contemplate myself extra of an ocean man,” he laughs. “I’ve been coaching for the marathon although—don’t fear.”
The objective of his run is to boost $5,000 for a selected trigger very near him: “I’m elevating cash for Perth Kids’s Hospital. As a surf coach, I take care of youngsters day-after-day—the considered making an impression on youngsters pulls just a few of my heartstrings,” he says.
Hensen-Thompson might be sporting the Aussie thong model Pistol Menace for his marathon. “These beauties are designed for all-terrain,” he says. “They’re wider and thicker than your conventional thong, making them extra sturdy and cozy for the lengthy haul.”
To donate and browse extra about Hensen-Thompson’s “mara-thong” trigger, go to his GoFundMe web page.