Pat Farmer served as a Member of Australian Parliament, he is a multiple world record holder and has run from the North Pole to the South, across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, India and North America.
In 1993, Pat began his running success securing second place in his first attempt at the TransAmerica Road Race. Then in 1995, Pat attempted this race again finishing fourth place despite having a stress fracture in his leg.
His amazing running achievements continued in 1998 when Pat was the first person to run 24 hours vertically, climbing both up and down the Sydney’s AMP tower. He re-visited this climbing record in 2006, to assist in raising $50,000 for ovarian cancer research at the Westmead Hospital. In 2000, Pat was the winner of ‘Achiever of the Year’, awarded by Prime Minister John Howard.
From 2012 to 2013, Pat raised funds for the International Red Cross by running the length of Vietnam, which also highlighted the 40th anniversary of the Relationship agreement between Australia and Vietnam. Symbolically Pat an Australian Runner and Huy Mai a Vietnamese runner completed the 3000 kilometre journey together.
The 54-year-old kicked off 2016, by completing a 64 day-long run through India, raising $30,000 to help educate disadvantaged girls in India. The 4400 kilometre ‘Spirit of India’ run took Pat from Kanyakumari in the South, to the foothills of the Himalayas in the North of the country. The Indian press referred to Pat’s run as ‘one of the most significant diplomacy missions between Australia and India on a grassroots level’.
Over the course of his amazing running career, Pat has set 10 international record and raised millions of dollars for multiple causes. Pat has also served as a Liberal Member of Australia’s Parliament, with 3 years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training.