7 marathons in 7 days Lefferts thrives on the extreme

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 Peter Lefferts shows his first-place medal after winning the 'I Ran Marathons - Independent 7' at San Antonio, Texas  over July 4 week. He ran 7 marathons in 7 days.

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Submitted Photo Peter Lefferts shows his first-place medal after winning the "I Ran Marathons - Independent 7" at San Antonio, Texas over July 4 week. He ran 7 marathons in 7 days.

Seven marathons in seven days

Lefferts thrives on the extreme

Some might consider Peter Lefferts a fanatic.

They would be right when it comes to going to what many might consider an athletic extreme.

He just ran seven marathons in seven days over July 4 week.

In the San Antonio “I Ran Marathons-Independent 7,” he was the overall winner. One of only six competitors to complete all seven races. His best time was in 5:52 on the first day, with an overall average of 6:24.

“I paced myself during the first few races to make it to the starting line on day seven,” he said.

How big a thrill? “Remember back to the thrill you experienced when you crossed a finish line. In San Antonio I got to cross seven finish lines,” he said.

Lefferts, 57, began running marathons upon graduating from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

“I played tennis there and after college I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to play tennis every day,” he said. Lefferts started running 4 to 5 miles, three times a week,

His first marathon came in 1978. “It was the Skylon International, leaving downtown Buffalo and finishing on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls,” he said. “It was very scenic.”

He enjoys multiple-day races, including overnight jaunts in 100-mile races. A major reason for not being part of a runners club.

“There’s not a club that I could join locally that runs through the night, which I love doing,” he said. “None that mixes swimming, biking and running.” Running seven marathons in seven days seems to be quite a fete, but it is not what Lefferts considers the hardest.

“My hardest event was the World Decca Iron Triathlon Championships in Monterrey, Mexico in 2008. It was the equivalent of 10 triathlons, having to complete them in 14 days,” he said. “It took me 13.”

In total, it meant swimming 240 miles, biking 1,120 miles and running 262 miles.

His wife Jodie also is a runner. Their favorite race is the Chicago Marathon.

What Lefferts call running easy is running his favorite seven-mile course in Naples three times a week.

“I will mix in cycling, swimming and lifting on other days of the week,” he said.

Next up for Lefferts is serving as the pacer for his daughter Stephanie at the Leadville (CO) 100-mile Trail Run this month and then off to the Chesapeake in Maryland for an iron distance triathlon.

Lefferts doesn’t like to go more than eights weeks without running hard.

An understatement if there ever was one!

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