What is the 4 in 4 Mission?
“The 4in4 mission is a unique fundraising mission where I, a relatively untrained club runner, will attempt to complete four marathons back to back in order to raise money and awareness for the KMSS (Korean Multiple Sclerosis Society).
Why the Korean Multiple Sclerosis Society in particular?
M.S. is not as widely known in Korea and sadly most cases go undiagnosed until significant damage has been done. The KMSS aims to raise awareness and fund research into the causes and treatments of M.S.
How much money do you aim to raise?
“We started off with a modest million won, and now we're hoping to push it up to 4 million won.
How exactly do you want Korean Multiple Sclerosis Society to use the money?
We hope that they use it to fund research and awareness campaigns in Korea. Every little bit helps!
Why did you choose marathon running as a means to raise money?
Running is a very simple mode of transport and I was inspired by Eddie Izzard's run around the U.K. in 2009. It makes people think and often the support/sympathy for a runner who is doing so many miles will help us raise awareness of the cause I am running for.
How did you get into long distance running?
I started long distance running in May 2010 and am still a relative novice. This is what makes my challenge such a feat when (if) I pull it off!
Are you doing this alone or do you have a crew?
I have a floating crew of runners and cyclists. In Seoul we hope a majority of the Seoul Flyers will run with me for most of the way, although they are unlikely to travel to the next city. The Busan leg has plenty of people in the running community that we hope will do the same but I must stress that ANYONE can come and support, even if it's just to throw me a tangerine!
Have you trained differently for four marathons compared to one marathon?
There is almost no real training that can prepare your body for such an ordeal. On top of that, I run a marathon in sub 4 hours ordinarily, so I will have to monitor my pace and run slower than usual if I want to complete four.
Have you adapted your diet for the 4in4? More or less kimchi?
I would rather run through Jagalchi Fish Market wearing nothing but a haddock than eat kimchi! The diet is being experimented with, but I’m going to have to eat enough for a family of five if I want to stay refuelled throughout.
What long distance runner do you model yourself on? Mo Farah? Paula Radcliffe? Haile Gebrselassie?
My main hero is actually Eddie Izzard, though not an athlete. In terms of long distance runners I respect Radcliffe the most, but I hope not to have to go mid-run!
Why did you choose Busan as one of the four cities?
Busan is one of my favourite cities and I have always enjoyed the atmosphere. It is also the second largest in Korea which makes it a shoe-in.
What can Busan expats and runners do to help?
“As I said before: please come down to the race site and cheer me on, and if you can afford to then put some cash in the bucket. We're trying to spread the word and connect people, as well as raising funds!”
Joe will be running his Busan marathon on Sunday 11th September. Although the route and start time is yet to be determined, you can keep track of his plans through his various websites listed below. If I anyone wishes to get involved through sponsorship, joining him in his marathon or simply throwing him a tangerine, he would be most grateful for the support. Good luck Joe!