Farmer MP AM
Pat Farmer has transformed his interest of ultra-marathon running into a professional career - setting and breaking world records at events globally, while simultaneously raising funds for charities and medical research programs.
A high profile leader, Pat is acknowledged for an enviable media following, positive 'brand' awareness, and the influence to unite and inspire action for a vision or solution. Pat spent nine years as a successful federal politician including three years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training, supported by an internationally renowned athletic career that transitioned into motivational public speaking around the world.
Awarded Achiever of the Year (2000) by Prime Minister John Howard, Pat has raised millions of dollars for causes during his 20-year running career including Lifeline, Cancer Council, and Diabetes Australia.
Raising brand awareness for sport and sponsors, gaining a reputation for entertaining addresses, and with his trademark combination of enthusiasm, drive and commitment, Pat has an open communicative leadership style, creating a team vision of growth, harmony and a culture of success.
In 1993, a virtually unknown Pat Farmer secured second place in his first attempt at the Trans America Road Race, finishing fourth two years later despite running 50 days with a stress fracture in his leg.
In 1998 he became the first person to run 24 hours vertically climbing both up and down (at Sydney's AMP Tower, the equivalent of running up Mount Everest in a single day). A year later he established the fastest Around Australia Long Run Record of continuous running in 191 days and 10 minutes (around six months) over 14,662.4km during his Centenary of Federation run. That same year he set a new World 10,000km Record in 129 days, broke a long standing Australian record of more than 13,383km in 174 days, and set a total of 10 international records including the Western Australia border to border run, the Brisbane to Darwin run, and the world record for the longest tropics run (6,307km in 83 days).
In 2006 Pat re-visited his 24 hour vertical climbing record, raising over $500,000 for the Millennium Foundation's ovarian cancer research program at Westmead Hospital.
In April 2011 Pat began his latest adventure: his long held goal of running from the North to South Poles, covering an estimated 21,000km to raise funds for clean water programs for Red Cross International. He arrived successfully at the South Pole on 19 January, 2012, having raised $100,00. Pat's incredible journey was documented in his memoirs Pole to Pole: One man, 20 million steps.
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