Richard Donovan - The Runner
Richard was the first person to run marathons at both the North and South Poles and holds the world record for running marathons on all seven continents at 4 days 22 hours 3 minutes. He has represented Ireland at international level and won races such as the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race, Inca Trail Marathon, Everest Challenge Marathon and Antarctic 100k. He has also been race director of Commonwealth and World Championships at ultramarathon running and was an Executive Director of the International Association of Ultra Marathon Runners, the world governing body for the sport. A former economist, Richard organises the North Pole Marathon, Antarctic Ice Marathon, Antarctic 100k, Volcano Marathon and World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons, 7 continents, 7 days). In the summer of 2015, he successfully completed a 3,100+ mile Trans North America Run from San Francisco to New York.
Heather Carr - The Route Designer
Heather is an orthodontist from Minneapolis, USA. In addition to indoor cycling and strength training for fitness, she likes to run various distances up to the marathon. She particularly loves the opportunity to combine travel and running and successfully completed the Antarctic Ice Marathon in 2014 and the North Pole Marathon, known as the world's coolest marathon, in 2016. Among her upcoming destination marathons is the Volcano Marathon in the Atacama Desert, Chile, which is the highest desert marathon in the world. Heather loves epic scenery and also designed the route for Richard's Trans North America Run in 2015, combining some of the best scenery the USA had to offer over the 3,100+ mile coast to coast distance.
Paul Donovan - The Logistics Coordinator
Paul is a two-time Olympian on the track, a world medalist, a former sub 4-minute miler, an NCAA indoor champion at both 1500m and 3000m, and held the fastest indoor time in the world for 3,000m in 1987. Paul, who is Richard's brother, was also the principal support driver for the Trans North America Run in 2015. He will coordinate schedules and transitions for others when he is not available.
Support drivers include Richard's sisters Alice, Anne and Jacinta; his friend Paul Grealish; and brother-in-law Bernard Carrick.