Imagine running 2,500 miles across Australia, in some of the most brutal conditions on Earth, in under 50 days.
This is the remarkable story of today’s guest Nedd Brockmann.
A charismatic young electrician apprentice with a legendary bleach blonde mullet and world-class personality, at just 23 years old, Nedd audaciously set out to become the fastest person to ever run across his native Australia–4000km (2,500 miles) from Perth to Bondi Beach in Sydney. Not to mention, he did this all with only two years of prior running experience.
Due to obstacles and setbacks that would have benched a lesser man, Nedd fell a bit shy of the 43-day record, but nonetheless completed the run in 46 days, arriving in Bondi Beach to an absolutely thunderous crowd of adoring fans.
Nedd’s ambition captured the hearts and minds of Australia, made headline news worldwide, and raised over $2M to combat homelessness.
“Limit your limitations. If you want to do something, don’t overthink it. Go for it. ”
– NEDD BROCKMANN
This is a phenomenal conversation in which we unpack Nedd’s extraordinary and inspiring journey, blisters and all. We cover why he got into running, how he progressed so quickly, and the intrinsic motivation behind his trans-Australia adventure.
From all the seemingly insurmountable setbacks and obstacles, including a near-debilitating injury suffered early in the campaign and his toe becoming infested with maggots, Nedd shares how he grapples with hardship—including his post-run PTSD.
But more than anything, today’s conversation is about what we can all learn from his example when it comes to human potential and the power we all have to do amazing things when the mind, body, and spirit are dialed in.
Special thanks to Peter Ostick, Monica Buscarino & team at SOMA Byron for hosting this podcast and lending their audio & visual expertise to the occasion.
Nedd is an absolute delight.
I loved getting to know him—and I know you will too.
Peace + Plants,
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- BBC: Nedd Brockmann: The man who ran across Australia in 47 days
- CNN: Nedd Brockmann ‘went through hell and back 10 times’ as he ran nearly 2,500 miles across Australia in 47 days
- The Australian: All of Nedd Brockmann’s injuries from his cross-country run
- Fox Sports: ‘Australian of the Year’ calls as true extent of cross-country runner Nedd Brockman’s horrific injuries revealed
- ABC News: Nedd Brockmann just ran 4,000km across Australia and raised $1.85 million for charity. Now he’s feeling everything
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