Pat Farmer has transformed his interest of ultra-marathon running into a professional career - setting and breaking world records at events globally, while simultaneously raising funds for charities and medical research programs.
A high profile leader, acknowledged for an enviable media following, positive 'brand' awareness, and the influence to unite and inspire action for a vision or solution. Pat spent nine years as a successful federal politician, supported by an internationally renowned athletic career that transitioned into motivational and inspirational public speaking engagements. Raised brand awareness for sport and sponsors, gaining a reputation for entertaining addresses; with his trademark combination of enthusiasm, drive and commitment. His open communicative leadership style creates a team vision of growth, harmony and a culture of success.
After 20,919 agonising kilometres, Pat completed The Greatest Run in History - an incredible trek from the North Pole to the South Pole. After completing the North Pole he ran through Canada, USA, Mexico, Panama, and the Darien Jungle; the deserts of Peru and Chile prior to commencing the final leg of running in the Antarctic on his way to the South Pole. When Pat completed his run, he had travelled through 14 countries, completing two marathons per day with no days off, for a total of 10 months and 13 days. Apart from this amazing run, Pat's aim was and still remains to raise awareness about clean water and sanitation problems in the world which in turn is greatly assisting the Red Cross through donations.
Pat has a tremendous story to share about his 'dash' as well as conveying the message of not allowing any obstacle to get in the way of your dreams. Below a diary entry (after completing the North Pole): "Out of the freezer and into the frying pan! I've moved from 20 km per day to 80 km per day and now my body is shouting loud "Stop, stop doing this to me!" But I've heard this all before and the only way I will achieve this epic goal is if I listen to my mind, not my body. Of course I hurt, of course my hands and feet are swollen, naturally I have blisters, bruising and stomach cramps. After all, it's not every day that you go from -40C to +40C. From ice to bitumen, snow shoes to joggers or dehydrated food that tastes like hot plastic to spaghetti and salmon fish cakes. It's been a long week already. Only 13 more countries, one more "Pole" and 18 million more steps to go. Stay with me".
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Pat Farmer is an incredible motivational speaker. Pat has spoken at two events for me in the past. Most recently at Alphapharm just before he set off on his Pole to Pole Run. Pat has an extremely engaging and humble style that appeals to the audience. His remarkable determination is best summed up by his statement, "You can do anything you want to do in life, if you don't want to do it you will just find an excuse". He challenges audiences to go beyond what they think are possible. This is backed by his extensive ultra distance achievements prior to the Pole to Pole Run. The Pole to Pole Run will take this to a new level. AT both events that Pat has spoken at, we have had an immediate and dramatic effect on engagement and 'Can Do'.
- Managing Director, Alphapharm Pty Ltd (A Mylan Company)