In March 2016, Craig Percival completed 8 full “Ironman” distance triathlons, in 8 consecutive days, in all 8 states and territories of Australia.
Renowned as one of the world’s toughest endurance events, the “Iron distance” triathlon comprises a 3.8k swim, 180.2k bike ride and 42.2k run. For most athletes, a single Ironman event is considered a major life achievement. Only a handful have ever attempted to complete multiple races over consecutive days.
While the 8in8in8 will be an incredible athletic feat, it also presents an enormous logistical challenge. Craig is currently designing the 8 courses he will cover in each state/territory, as well as co-ordinating flights to ensure he has sufficient time to complete each event, eat, recover, and prepare for the next day.
Craig first dreamt up his ‘8in8in8’ goal after finishing second at the Ultraman World Championship in Hawaii last year. Following his success in Hawaii, Craig assisted in bringing Ultraman to Australia for the first time in May 2015. At the same time, he started thinking about just how far he could push himself mentally and physically.
Craig said, “I’ve always been fascinated by what people can achieve when they set their minds to it. That’s why I created (my business) No Limits Endurance – to assist and guide people in breaking through barriers, believing in themselves and doing things that they can look back on with enormous pride.
“I’ve been very fortunate throughout my athletic career to do some amazing events and training. In taking on 8in8in8, I wanted to find a way to give back to the triathlon community that has been so fundamental to my life.
"John Maclean is one of my personal heroes. What that guy has achieved - as an athlete, as a person, and through his foundation - is just phenomenal. The thought of using my physical ability to raise money for young Australians living in wheelchairs, who are not able to swim, bike and run like me, motivates me. The money raised will help grant these children equipment they need to remain active and included in their everyday lives”.
Craig will be starting his extreme endurance challenge on the 6th March in Darwin and will then complete consecutive Iron-distance events in Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane before finishing in Melbourne, his hometown, on 13th March.
Sunday 6 March Darwin, NT
Monday 7 March Perth, WA
Tuesday 8 March Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 9 March Hobart, TAS
Thursday 10 March Canberra, ACT
Friday 11 March Sydney, NSW
Saturday 12 March Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 13 March Melbourne, VIC