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Marathon on a treadmill

09 Mar 2017

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By Sunny Liu

Melbourne artist Tristan Meecham is set to conquer 42km on a treadmill live on stage as part of Fun Run at Arts Centre Melbourne on March 12.

Award-winning comedian and host Eddie Perfect, as well as dancers from Indigenous Hip Hop and Outer Urban Projects will join Mr Meecham. Cheerleaders, cyclists, hundreds of performers, Fun Run participants and performance company All the Queens Men will also join in the fun.

This “riotous celebration of endurance” is part of the Betty Amsden Participating Program and will be held in memory of the Melbourne arts philanthropist who passed away last month.

People from all ages are encouraged to join the Fun Run flash mob to bust a move and hype up the vibe of this public event. Everyone can come along to the workshops and the rehearsal on March 10. Instructional videos are also available online.

Arts Centre Melbourne’s creative producer Patrick Cronin said Fun Run could strengthen the community bond.

“Fun Run brings together artists, communities and the public in an outdoor extravaganza where sport meets art meets dance party,” he said. “We invite everyone to join in this extraordinary celebration of the every-person and our boundless creativity.”

The star of the event, Mr Meecham, is the artistic director at All the Queens Men. He will dedicate his Fun Run performance in homage to Greek messenger Pheidippides, who ran a long distance to deliver the news of the defeat of the Persian army in the Battle of Marathon in ancient Greece.

Mr Meecham is expected to run 42km within three hours.

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