In September 2019, a Lugarno man set himself the challenge to endure a 24-hour continuous ultra triathlon to raise money for childhood cancer research as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Mark Pacey swam for three hours, then alternated between cycling and running for the next 21 hours. He also raised $43,664 for The Kids’ Cancer Project, an independent national charity supporting childhood cancer research. Since 1993, the charity has committed more than $40 million to research projects to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for many different types of cancer.

The dad of two has aptly dubbed the event, “The Bloody Long Day”. But the moniker has another deeper meaning that comes from personal experience; his youngest son Cooper was diagnosed with cancer at just seven years of age on 9 September 2010.

“We, along with many other families, would spend day and night with our kids on the oncology ward at the hospital,” said Mark.

“While those days often felt like a bloody long day (and I said it often enough), it was never anywhere near what the children with cancer had to endure through their treatment,” he said.

“Throughout that time and ever since, I have felt compelled to do more. But the time needed to be right,” he said. “My hope is that this event will generate awareness about the endurance required to stick at something long enough to make a difference.”


This September, Mark challenges YOU to join him and take on your own Bloody Long Day. Will it be a 24hr triathlon? A relay with friends? What can you imagine?

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The Kids' Cancer Project

The Kids’ Cancer Project is an independent national charity supporting childhood cancer research. Since 1993, thanks to strong community support, the charity has contributed tens of millions of dollars to scientific research projects to help children with many types of cancer.

If you believe science is the solution join us. By working together, we will make a difference to help kids with cancer.

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