Marathon man of mystery

On 31 October, 250 members of the private equity and infrastructure investment communities will be blazing a trail from Marathon to Athens to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon and Pheidippides’ epic run in 490BC with news of victory.

The Marathon of Marathons, organised by Campbell Lutyens, PEI Media and UNICEF, will also be the culmination of the largest fundrasing effort of its kind, with all money raised going directly to UNICEF and other children’s charities to help those affected by tragedies such as the flooding in Pakistan and earthquake in Haiti. At the time of going to press, the total was around halfway towards its €2.5 million goal.

Among the brave souls limbering up to take part is Bjorn Tremmerie, a principal at the European Investment Fund in Luxembourg.  Tremmerie is no novice when it comes to marathons – this will be his sixth, dating back to his debut in the New York marathon of 1998. His method of gaining entry to that race was unconventional.

“I didn’t get an entry but a friend got one and gave it to me as he hadn’t trained for it – not that I was properly prepared but I fancied the challenge – so I ran under his name,” he reveals exclusively to Infrastructure Investor. “ I do have a video to prove it was me!” he insists.

This time, Tremmerie is certainly running in his own name and seeking to raise up to €10,000. Details of how to support his fundraising effort can be found at www.bmycharity.com/bjorntremmerie.  

For further details of the Marathon of Marathons – including details of how you can join the prestigious Supporters Club – please visit www.marathonofmarathons.org.