Sam Hensen-Thompson of Perth, Australia, has by no means been a runner or a fan of “land sports activities,” however at some point after he couldn’t discover a pair of trainers for a trot alongside the seaside path, he determined to take issues into his personal fingers and run in type sporting his seaside thongs.
Now, after a couple of 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 contains 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 good 1:51 “thong” half marathon final week. “The half was not straightforward, nevertheless it wasn’t as arduous as I assumed,” 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 present finding out logistics and the place to complete,” says Hensen-Thompson.
It’s at present the center of summer season in Perth, and most of the marathons in Western Australia are through the winter season. “I need to accomplish this aim ASAP,” he says. If his marathon goes nicely, Hensen-Thompson is contemplating operating 100 km in thongs.
Hensen-Thompson says the final time he ran was in highschool. “I think about myself extra of an ocean man,” he laughs. “I’ve been coaching for the marathon although—don’t fear.”
The aim of his run is to boost $5,000 for a particular trigger very near him: “I’m elevating cash for Perth Kids’s Hospital. As a surf coach, I take care of youngsters on daily basis—the considered making an affect on youngsters pulls a couple of 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 comfortable for the lengthy haul.”
To donate and skim extra about Hensen-Thompson’s “mara-thong” trigger, go to his GoFundMe web page.