TULSA, OK — Talk about a globe-trotter: A Tulsa dentist has joined the small, elite club of athletes who have completed the World Marathon Challenge by finishing seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.
Dr. Raj Patel began the challenge on January 23 in Antarctica. That was followed by races in Chile, Florida, Spain, Morocco, Dubai and Australia over the course of a week.
Patel, 50, didn’t start running until he was 44. The Indian American dentist says he has run 92 marathons since 2011, including the seven last week.
Patel says the World Marathon Challenge was rewarding but one of the hardest things he’s ever done. He finished eighth overall out of the 31 people who completed the challenge this year.