Australian to run Pole-to-pole Vietnam marathon

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Australian ultra-marathon athlete Pat Farmer will begin his cross-Vietnam marathon on Sunday December, 9 with Vietnamese running partner Mai Nguyen Dinh Huy to raise funds for the Red Cross.

The run will begin in Mong Cai Town of Quang Ninh, the northern province bordering China, and go through 30 cities and provinces in a distance of 3,200km to the southernmost province Ca Mau before finishing in Ho Chi Minh City on the 18th of January, 2013.

Pat Farmer and Dinh Huy are expected to run approximately 80km a day. Their run is to raise funds for a Red Cross program to bring clean water to poor people in Vietnam.

Farmer, who ran the Pole-to-Pole marathon from the North Pole to the South Pole between April 2011 and January 2012, will be the first man to run through Vietnam. The expenditure for the marathon is expected to be around AUD250,000.

Together, Farmer and Huy also aim to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the friendship agreement between Vietnam and Australia.

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