Alex Flynn, a 40 year old father of three and sufferer of Parkinson's Disease has been dubbed 'The 10 Million Metre Man'. Alex is about to run, row, cycle and swim 3,500 miles across the United States - despite feeling as though his body is 'encased in concrete'.
The former lawyer turned fundraiser and adventurer from Henley-on-Thames, left for America on Tuesday (28 August) and will begin his feat of endurance on 5 September. The Trans USA challenge will involve running 135 miles through Death Valley, cycle to Chicago, row across Lake Eyre, cycle to and run across New York City, before finishing off with a mammoth swim.
This translates to over 3,500 miles, and is a distance he plans to cover within a month: "My plan is to do all of this in just 30 days, a big challenge even for an able-bodied person. I'm both excited and nervous about this mammoth adventure but I will crawl my way across if necessary."
This Trans USA challenge is part of Alex's pursuit of raising £1 million for research into Parkinson's. Following his trip in America, Alex has already planned his next two events, which include the Athens Classic Marathon and the Toray Shangai International Marathon.
A seasoned ultra runner and triathlete, he hopes his upcoming endurance feats can raise as much money as possible: "This is part of a personal fight back against this terrible, non-discriminatory disease that destroys the lives of millions of people across the world - a disease which will affect even more lives in the years to come as populations increasingly age. We need to unlock a cure for Parkinson's fast."
Throughout his 10 million metre mission, Alex will be sponsored by the deVere Group. Nigel Green, the company's chief executive, commented: "Alex Flynn is a mould-breaking individual; a truly inspirational man with an indomitable spirit. We're thrilled to support Alex on his heroic challenge and we'll be with him every step of the way."