Lifesaver Runs 42km Marathon in Thongs to Raise $15,000 for Sick Kids
City Beach lifesaver Sam Hensen-Thompson has accomplished a remarkable feat by running a 42km marathon in his trusty rubber pluggers, raising $15,000 for Perth Children's Hospital Foundation.
- City Beach lifesaver Sam Hensen-Thompson ran a 42km marathon on Friday to raise $15,000 for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
- He made national news after running his first half-marathon in thongs last month and has now decided to up the ante with a full marathon.
- What started as a joke among friends has turned into a newfound passion for the surf club coach who has been preparing for more than a month.
- Mr Hensen-Thompson believes there is a fine art to choosing the right pair of thongs and tried several styles before settling on his favourite, Heat Waves.
- He had already raised more than $11,000 on his Thongs to Stay Strong fundraising page by Wednesday morning.
- He is doing it for kids battling serious illness and believes the thought of a sick or pained child is probably the worst thing he can imagine.