Ironman is another big challenge for super-fit Kevin
He’s battled leukaemia and run seven marathons in 10 months on every continent.
Now Kevin Allen is set to push his body to a new limit when he competes in his first ironman tomorrow.
Allen will line up alongside 1495 other competitors for the first time tomorrow for the 25th Taupo Ironman.
The race includes a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km run.
But the Penrose resident has plenty of credentials that suggest he’ll be able to hack the pace and get to the finish line.
In 2003 the 34-year-old ran seven marathons in 10 months in Egypt, Antarctica, London, Vancouver, Argentina, Sydney and Singapore, something which started off with a simple bet.
“My brother said: ‘ I bet you can’t run a marathon on all seven continents’,” Allen says.
It was too tempting to pass up, says Allen, who survived leukaemia as a child.
“I felt elated but buggered as well when I finished in Singapore. It was 31 degrees and 100 percent humidity at 6am.”
While Allen admits running seven marathons in
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On your bike: Penrose resident Kevin Allen will take part in his first Taupo Ironman race tomorrow.