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T-Bone & The Prince

Today was a great day! I went to the press conference for the Dubai Marathon and they had a very special guest.. World champion, current world record holder, running god and all round top human being, Haile Gebrsellasie!

We were invited to the press conference by Alan Ewens, official publicist for the marathon and all round good guy. The speakers were excited to introduce this year’s marathon, the richest in the world, with $1M US in prize money. Also, if the world record is broken, another $1M is up for grabs.

All sorts of dignitaries were there and everyone was pretty pumped to hear Haile speak. When he did, it was with quiet confidence that he would try his best to break the record and win the race, but if we all knew the result, it wouldn’t be interesting.. He also managed to add in some of his own messaging, which he repeated a couple of times throughout the session. Basically it was to promote running as a healthy choice and a stress reliever. He hopes that everyone will start running, as their lives will improve beyond comprehension. And I found myself nodding my head as he delivered his sage advice. I thoroughly believe that’s what happened to me.

Alan moved on to mention some of the other participants, including the defending women’s champion, Bekele Sertsu. Then, he started speaking about some Australian that was running all around the world to raise money for UNICEF, saying my name at the end… Haha, what?! I stood up and thanked everyone for their applause, then as I went to sit down, Alan asked Haile if he had any words for me… He started to laugh and then said:

How awesome is that?! He thinks what we’re doing is magic! Haile, one of my personal heroes, actually knows we exist and what we’re doing!

I got some photos with him and we got a whole load of interest from different media groups here. I was interviewed by a couple of TV stations, radio and newspapers too. If I could type “52 marathons in 52 weeks” in Arabic, I reckon I could find a few more articles tomorrow.

I was so pumped, I went running in the evening, all the way up along Dubai’s shoreline, banging out some 16kms at a pretty quick pace. It was awesome to run fast and think of Haile running 70% faster.

What a day… what an amazing day…

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10 comments

  1. Captain Crunch says “You rock!” Bruce McAvaney will be green with envy!

  2. thats awesome boys, good luck in the next few days. will be off the air and in radeliade. just like dubai… but not.
    just a thought… i suppose running is like life… everthing is ahead and leave everthing else behind.
    brett the big thinker!!!

  3. Living the dream!

    I’m coop’d up in bed with gastro. The only running I’ve been doing of late is out my….HEY HEY!!!

    I hear there is a Dazler Challenge up somewhere? Where is this?

    I’m already compiling music for the Montage I will Create.

    Peace.

  4. Tristan … wow … in awe… you are true inspiration … and makes an Aussie living in Dubai proud to be an Aussie … good luck tomorrow! And happy Australia Day for Tuesday!
    Ange

  5. Yeeehaaa buddy! … you are amazing … I love your blog posts … that brightened my wintry London day and made me laugh out loud ..!! Go T-Bone and Dazzler … inpsiring the greats in running …. hilarious … !

    run forest run .. !

  6. Thanks for the kind words T! After learning of your exploits it was always my intention to get you and Haile together as I know how much his support inspires people…

    You’re an inspiration your self so good luck from all of us at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon and have a safe, successful and enjoyable year on the roads of the world…

    Oh, and you can buy me a beer tonight before you leave :o)

  7. Mate – this is awesome. One to share with your kids. Great your getting so much publicity ;)

    Also good job on the Dubai negative split – impressive. I can see your chasing down the 3 hours….

  8. This IS magic stuff, whats its all about, I can feel the energy. Great work T-bone.

  9. Dermot from Bahrain

    Great write up on the Dubai race. I was one of the ‘flaggers’ you must have passed in the second half, as I got to halfway at 1.50 and finished a few minutes behind your time:) I reckon Haile’s presence speeded everyone up that day!

    Keep up the good work mate – Go T Bone and Dazler !

  10. Mate, sensational to see you being recognised by someone like Halle. Deserved respect.

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