Collège Champittet
27 February, 2023

Champittet alumnus completes 7 marathons, in 7 days, on 7 continents

Champittet alumnus completes 7 marathons

Our alumnus William Gargiullo, has recently participated in the World Marathon Challenge. The 68-year-old runner has completed 7 marathons in 7 days, on 7 continents, in sometimes extreme weather conditions (from -10 to 30 degrees).

During this challenge, William supported two associations: Idées'Elles, which supports and guides parents who have suffered a perinatal loss, and Harry's Ride for Research, which aims to raise funds for research into glioblastoma (the most common brain cancer in adults). In addition, the impact of this effort on his body will be analysed by the CHUV (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois).

During the 5th marathon (Madrid), I fell twice and immediately remembered a quote from Nelson Mandela: « The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall ». Isn’t it true?

"That’s the main thing for me, even if my ego took a blow when I read the results of the 6th and 7th marathon! I must say that during the most difficult moments the trio: brain, body and mind worked wonderfully.

Indeed, during 7 days (24 hours a day), you share your state of mind with people of different cultures and walks of life (I think in particular of the two runners in wheelchairs: what a life lesson!).

Again, a big thank you to all the people who showed me their support during these seven days and of course a « big hug » to my family who has accepted my way of life for more than 27 years.“


You can follow William’s sport challenges on his website  and social media.