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Jeff Tan is the primary Asian-Australian to run a marathon on all seven continents

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Rising up in Sydney, Australia, Jeff Tan had related pursuits to many youngsters. He cherished to look at rugby and soccer, however by no means had the possibility to take part in sports activities, as a consequence of his strict upbringing. 

Sydney, Australia. Picture: MickiTakes

Tan was born to strict evangelical Singaporean dad and mom. He has reminiscences of being rejected and bullied at school and unable to pursue his pursuits exterior college, pressured to review at dwelling. In the course of the first 17 years of his life, Tan suffered from isolation and low vanity. “I wasn’t pleased with my life,” Tan says. “I recall at all times being picked final in gymnasium class and considered myself as somebody who could be very unathletic.”

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In December 2021, at age 40, Tan accomplished the Antarctic Ice Marathon and claims to be the primary Asian-Australian to run a marathon on all seven continents. “I began tearing up with about 200m to go,” Tan says. “I grabbed the Australian flag. I used to be pleased with what I completed.”

Tan crossing the end line with the Australian flag on the 2021 Antarctic Ice Marathon. Picture: Ice Marathon Images

Tan bought a late begin to operating, at age 32, after an concept to run the 2013 Melbourne Marathon together with his buddy. “My buddy ended up bailing on the marathon, however I felt like I had one thing to show,” Tan says. “I ran 3:56, then discovered myself on one other marathon begin line in Medellin, Colombia in 2014.”

He tackled 4 extra marathons between 2015 and 2018: NYC (2015), Copenhagen (2016), Tokyo (2017) and the Massive 5 Safari Marathon in South Africa in 2018. 

Tan on the Massive 5 Safari Marathon in South Africa in 2018. Picture: Jeff Tan
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“I wished my final race to be on the continent of Antarctica,” says Tan. “The race itself was excellent and past expectations – an expertise I’ll at all times keep in mind.” Tan completed 14th within the race out of 60 opponents from around the globe.  

“I by no means noticed myself as an athlete, however the factor about operating is anybody can do it with the suitable mindset and coaching.”

Tan on the Tokyo Marathon in 2017, the place he ran his marathon PB of three:49. Picture: Jeff Tan

After finishing the problem, Tan is hungry for extra. “I plan to do all of it once more. I’m already signed up for Australia’s (Outback) Uluru Marathon this July.”

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Tan has written a memoir, entitled Born Once more, which is to hit bookstores in 2024. His objective is to encourage folks to determine and break away from their inherited limitations. 

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