Their goals, as stated on their website, were to motivate conscious lifestyle choices and to promote kindness and compassion for all living beings. They also wanted to raise environmental awareness for a sustainable future. They started off their RunRAW2013 run by going from Melbourne to Canberra, updating their supporters along the way with their Facebook page and a running schedule they posted on their website.
The Murrays, internationally acclaimed endurance athletes, took on RunRAW2013 to share the knowledge they’ve gained in the last decade through conscious living. When Janette was 52, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and only given six months to live. With the support of her family she chose a natural path and has been healthy ever since. The raw, vegan diet they adopted was the inspiration behind the name of their run and is what they say helped them through their marathons. They said on their website that they, “are healthier, more physically fit and have unlimited energy at beyond 60 years of age than in our earlier years.”
Their year of running added up to a total of approximately 9,777 miles each, according to their website. After completing RunRAW2013, they took on one last marathon on January 1st and ran their 366th consecutive marathon. They finished their final marathon from Melbourne to Warrandyte along the Yarra Trail, becoming the new World Record holders for the most consecutive marathons. They have said that, “Inspiration is what motivates people to ‘Never Stop Pushing’ for what they believe in and for what they want to achieve.”
Not only did the run raise awareness for several causes, but the Murrays also used the publicity they received to raise money for several charities, including Kids Under Cover, the Australian Paralympic Committee, Animals Australia, and The Gawler Foundation.