“It’s not about the running… it’s for a bigger cause.” – Tom Price
When Sylvie had the fight of her life after being born prematurely, her uncle, Tom Price, knew he had to do something.
Born to loving mother Zoe via emergency caesarean section, Sylvie weighed a fragile 628 grams, and required an oxygen mask to breathe. The amazing professionals of the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne gave Sylvie a chance at survival, and cultivated hope for her family. Sylvie spent her first 134 days of life in their care.
Inspired by Sylvie and Zoe, Tom wanted to give back to the NICU the only way he knew how – running. 50 Marathons In 50 Days is his incredible challenge. From the 9th of December 2023 to the 27th of January 2024, Tom will be running 42.2km a day – a total of 2,110km – equivalent to running halfway across Australia.
Alongside raising awareness of the NICU, he hopes to raise $50,000 minimum to support the current and future families that have critically ill or premature babies in their life-saving care. These funds will be used to purchase kangaroo chairs – recliners specifically designed to keep parent and baby feeling safe and supported during skin-to-skin contact.
For premature babies like Sylvie, skin-to-skin contact can be limited to as little as an hour a day when in critical care. These kangaroo chairs can help make every precious moment count as parents’ bond with their newborn. Any additional funds will go towards supporting life-changing research for the NICU.
“My conversations with people are so much better, my relationships with people are better, my physical health, my social health, my mental health… all of this has come from running.” – Tom Price
Tom wasn’t always an avid runner. Like many of us, his running journey began during COVID-19 lockdowns, but it didn’t take long until he was hooked – going from zero kilometres to 90km a week within one year.
Through running, Tom experienced personal growth within multiple facets of his life. Sportitude is proud to be a part of his continuing journey as he laces up for the 50 Marathons In 50 Days challenge to support the NICU.
Tom is a caring uncle, passionate Health & Physical Education teacher, and a selfless inspiration to anyone that has ever dreamed of making a positive difference.
With only 3 weeks to go, Tom is tapering his training to freshen up his body and mind. He is using a Coros Pace 3 running watch supplied by Coros and is loving the battery life, running data and lightweight feel.
He has also had several visits to Me Time Recovery's facility to ensure his body is ready before the start of the 50 marathons. The current focus is more on rest, sleep, nutrition and easy shorter runs.