#BeTheChange: 75-year-old man who ran 75 marathons in 75 days
Ray Matthews completed the marathon challenge on September 14. Photograph: (Others)
All of us have our own unique ways of celebrating our birthdays. Some prefer to keep it under wraps, while others can barely hide the excitement.
The presents from friends and family take the birthday frenzy to a whole new level.
But, have you ever given a birthday present to your own self? We bet it cannot even be half as unique and awe-inspiring as what England's Ray Matthews gifted himself.
75-year old Ray Matthews, who hails from South Yorkshire's Rotherham, has run 75 marathons in 75 days. Matthews, a superfit grandfather of three, began this mammoth challenge on July 2 as a birthday present to himself.
The reason behind his decision to run these marathons is what makes it even more beautiful and special. He took up the challenge in a bid to raise £75,000 for a school which works for a range of special educational needs of children with disabilities.
The success did not come easy to the retired boxer. He had to consume at least 6,000 calories a day in order to keep going. There were instances which tested his drive, but, he refused to give up.
Matthews was extremely disappointed when the social media networking website 'Facebook' deemed his target 'unrealistic' and rejected the advertisement put up by his friend for this effort. This rejection, however, gave Matthews a rejuvenated sense of motivation to achieve the target set by him.
Matthews completed the marathon challenge on September 14 at the school grounds to the cheers of believers and supporters.