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Marathon Runner Lisa Davis Breaks Triple7 Quest Records for Women

Shalisa Davis

Former Marine Corps Officer becomes first African American woman to complete the Triple7 Quest of 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days and break records

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Retired Marine Corps Major Shalisa “Lisa” Davis, has broken into the Guinness World Records by completing 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. She has become the fastest woman to complete the Triple 7 Quest and the first African American woman marathon record-holder to ever complete the quest. On Jan. 31, she completed the challenge in a record time of 7 days, 30 minutes and 27 seconds. The previous best time for a woman completing seven marathons on seven continents was 10 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 40 seconds. For Lisa this was a natural progression to her marathon career having already completed 100 marathons and counting. The Triple 7 Quest took her to Perth, Australia, Singapore (Asia), Cairo (Africa), Amsterdam (Europe), New York (North America), Chile (South America) with the final run in the White Continent Marathon in Antarctica. And there are many more countries and marathons to challenge Lisa as we hear.

So what’s next for Lisa: “My biggest challenge this year is I’m running the Great Wall of China in May,” said Lisa.  “I want to climb those 5,164 stairs on the Great Wall of China so that’s my eye on the prize to finish the marathon, that’s what I really want to do. I’m registered for it and I’m ready to go mentally, I’ve just got to get my body ready for it physically.”

And after that Lisa has her eye on the proposed Triple8Quest: “I’m so interested in doing the Triple8 so we’ll see how that goes. If they come up with a way to run on eight continents, look for me to be there, I will do that too.”

Podcast: 36’49”

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