61-Year-Old Farmer Ran For 5 Days Straight And Won A Marathon As He Didn’t Read Rules Till The End

Date May 28, 2019

A lot of people dream of becoming a marathon winners, but for most of them this dream never comes true for many reasons. The Australian potato farmer, Albert Ernest Clifford Young, proved that every person can become a winner no matter what.

Young grew up on a big farm in Beech Forest in southwestern Victoria. Of course, he had to work hard every day, especially taking into account that his family was rather poor and the Young often rounded up the stock on foot because his parents couldn’t afford to buy horses.

Winner of the marathon

Cliff Young unexpectedly won the Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon in 1983 at the age of 61. But what was his secret?

Cliff was a very unusual competitor, and people remember that everyone thought he was just a spectator, and everyone was surprised when he picked up the race number and joined other athletes.

People tried to reassure Cliff not to participate in the marathon, but he was sure that he can win the competition.

Yes I can. See, I grew up on a farm where we couldn't afford horses or tractors, and the whole time I was growing up, whenever the storms would roll in, I'd have to go out and round up the sheep. We had 2,000 sheep on 2,000 acres. Sometimes I would have to run those sheep for two or three days. It took a long time, but I'd always catch them. I believe I can run this race.

Other participants knew that the marathon would take around 5 days, and all of them had some time to sleep. Nevertheless, Cliff ran non-stop, and eventually became a winner!

The most surprising fact was that he didn't keep the prize of $10,000, but gave it to other runners.

Cliff Young passed away on November 2nd, 2003, at the age of 81. He was a truly legendary personality!

The Australian potato farmer proved that you don’t have to be professional athlete in order to win a marathon. He is so inspiring!