Turia Pitt is a go-getter. To those who have followed the ultramarathon runner’s comeback journey since the fateful 100K race in Kimberley, WA, in 2011, there’s no debate about that.
In the November issue of Runner’s World Australia & New Zealand, Turia Pitt talks about overcoming challenges great and small and finding greatness in life.
Lisa Holmes, Editor and Publisher of Runner’s World Australia & New Zealand, says that one of the many things she admires and respects about Pitt is her ability to think big. “When Pitt talks goals, she talks monster goals.”
Case in point: following the fire, one doctor told her she wouldn’t be able to run again. At this low point, Pitt decided to take action. “I had to find something to do. I wanted to make something meaningful out of it all, and validate what happened,” Pitt says.
Fast forward to 2016, and not only is she running again, but on 8 October she successfully completed the world’s toughest race, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. “I had to find something to do. I wanted to make something meaningful out of it all, and validate what happened,” Pitt says.
The road to Kona was a long and challenging, but filled with small victories along the way. Pitt’s support crew – fiancé, family, friends, coach and managers – describe her as determined and resilient. They are two qualities that undoubtedly help her accomplish some pretty incredible feats.
In 2014, Pitt ran her first half-marathon after the fire in an impressive time of 1:40. And in May this year, she completed her first Ironman in 13:24:42, which qualified her for the World Championships. To top that off, she hiked Kokoda later that month to raise money for Interplast, an organisation that provides free reconstructive surgery in developing countries.
The November issue of Runner’s World Australia & New Zealand is on sale from Thursday, 13 October.