Marathon runner Erchana Murray-Bartlett has arrived at Australia’s southernmost point five months after departing from the country’s tip.
The 32-year-old completed her 6,300km (3,900 miles) adventure on Monday after running a marathon each day for 150 days.
With her effort, Ms. Murray-Bartlett has broken the previous record for the most daily marathons in a row by a woman.
Additionally, she has raised more than $100,000 (£57,000, $70,000) for the Wilderness Society, a conservation organisation.
Ms. Murray-Bartlett has been a professional runner for many years, but after failing to earn a spot in the Tokyo Olympics, she turned her attention to another long-held goal.
She planned to run the whole length of Australia and set a new record for the most consecutive daily marathons run by a woman, currently held by Kate Jayden of the United Kingdom, who ran 106 in a row in 2016.
To bring attention to the extinction catastrophe affecting Australian animals and vegetation, Ms. Murray-Bartlett embarked on a run. Australia is one of the countries with the most biodiversity in the world, much of it unique to the continent, yet it also has some of the worst biodiversity loss rates.
Ms. Murray-Bartlett had three injuries in the first three weeks, so it was difficult going right away.
But as she made her way down Australia’s famed coastline, through rainforests, and on both freeways and country roads, her body learnt to adapt. She occasionally ran in pouring rain and other times in temperatures as high as 35C. (95F).
The dietician lost weight while consuming between 5,000 and 6,000 calories each day, or roughly three times what the average woman needs.
She quips that she has now been bitten by every insect known to man, including ants, mosquitoes, spiders, and more, and that she has sunburn, blisters, and aches.
She experienced persistent bodily exhaustion and constant mental fog, which she claims became more difficult to overcome each morning.
She had gone through ten pairs of runners by the time she sprinted into Melbourne, and her feet had grown by a whole shoe size.
“There have undoubtedly been some extremely difficult days. When you’re out there by yourself and can’t see the finish line, you may wonder, “Why am I doing this?” And in those times, I ask myself, “Why?” “On Tuesday, she told the BBC.
“Even though I was occasionally drenched in sweat, swarmed by flies, and my body ached, I would tell myself, “No, I can go one more km” or “No, I can go 500 more meters.” You can succeed if you keep connecting teeny tiny goals.”
On Monday night, she crossed the finish line to learn that she had nearly doubled her initial fundraising goal.
Speaking to local media, Ms. Murray-Bartlett said that the amount of support she had received had been overwhelming. People had donated generously, and some had even run some of the journey with her.
She stated, “It’s overwhelming, and I’m really excited.
The huge turnout and the fact that everyone ran with me made it even more meaningful, according to the participant.