52-Year-Old Woman Plans to Run 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks

Ottawa resident Sonja Adcock ran a 100 mile race this summer and then wondered, “what’s next?”  A single marathon just wasn’t a challenge for her anymore. So Adcock, who is turning 52 this month, decided that she would run 52 marathons in the 52 weeks of her 52nd year all while raising money for a local charity, the Snowsuit Fund.

On her website, There’s Something About Running, Adcock describes her passion for running and setting goals for herself:

There is something about running and reaching goals previously unimagined that keeps me testing my limits. Since 1994 I have run over 20 marathons, completed 4 ultra marathons, finished 4 Ironman Triathlons and participated in a number of endurance cycling events. But more than that, I have met many wonderful people, travelled to many wonderful places both within Canada and abroad and have had the extreme good fortune to have done so injury free.  I may not be the fastest runner out there, but slow and steady wins the race which  for me is the ongoing ability to run.

Running truly is magical.  When I step outside to begin my run and take that first breath of air, I feel as though all my cares start floating away and I feel truly blessed to be able to run.

For her 52 @ 52 Challenge, Adcock will be running a marathon every weekend. She kicked off her year of marathons on December 10. Adcock says that she may participate in a few registered marathons, but mostly she will be running with a group she leads in Ottawa on Sunday mornings.

In addition to staying fit, Adcock is raising money for a local charity called the Snowsuit Fund. It is an Ottawa-based charity that raises money to buy and distribute snowsuits to children of families in need. Last year, the Snowsuit Fund distributed over 15,000 new snowsuits to children in the region.

What better way to be a motivated trailblazer than meeting a personal goal while also giving back to your community.

Photo credit: Josiah MacKenzie on flickr


Sonja A.
Sonja A.6 years ago

Hi Annie,

I was just sent the link on the story you did on me. Thank you for posting and getting out the news of what I am doing to raise money for the Snowsuit Fund. I will be running marathon number 10 on Sunday and while most of the marathons are not registered events, this one is.

so far all is going well and only another 42 to go :))

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago

Hope she pulls through....

Christine Stewart

Good for Sonja! I am tired just reading about her plans!

june koylass-ali
june koylass-ali6 years ago

good luck to you...hope you achieve your goal

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

Good Luck .. all the best!!! YAY!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

annie c.
annie c6 years ago

go you.

Sophia M.
Sophia M6 years ago

Good luck! :)(:

Crystal Cox
Crystal C6 years ago