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36mile SUMO Run by Mike Buss to Open the Leicester Comedy Festival 2011

Mike Buss - The Running Man in Action

A Man Running 36 miles in 1 Day in a Sumo Suit is no joke but for those not running it will be...

Mike Buss – The Running Man and the UKs most talked about Ultra Marathon Athlete and multiple world record breaker will kick off Leicester Comedy Festival 2011 by running 36 miles to all 36 comedy festival venues in Leicester City Centre. And just for a laugh he is doing it in a Sumo Suit!

Yes you heard it right! Mike will start this Comedy Run on Friday 4th February at 8:30am, leaving the Leicester Comedy Festival Business Breakfast attended by around 100 of Leicester’s Business directors and company owners. The breakfast and Mike’s run will start at De Montfort University’s Hugh Aston Building, Magazine Square, DMU Campus, Leicester and will finish at the Almanack Restaurant at 5.30pm the same day. Whilst at The Almanack, Mike will launch the Official Leicester Comedy Festival Running Joke, involving a small team of fun runners who will run from venue to venue taking in 52.4 miles across the 17 days of the festival.

The Running Joke is a unique charity fundraising project that has become an integral part of Leicester Comedy Festival raising money for Prostaid (The Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire Prostate Cancer Charity). Donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/runningjoke2011

Festival Director, Geoff Rowe, say’s “The Running Joke is a great example of a silly idea thought up one night in the pub! It started off as just an idea but when Kate ran in 2010 it all became very real and she ended up raising a great amount of money for charity. Mike heard about the project and contacted us to ask if he could do the extreme run on the first day of the festival. At first I wasn’t keen but he then said he’d run the 36 miles in a Sumo suit so I agreed.”

Kate Owen, who manages the Running Joke project, said "Being involved in The Running Joke in 2010 was a great experience but at times it was a little lonely! Most days the routes mean you run relatively small distances, building up to a double marathon over the 17 days. If I can complete it, anyone can!"

In 2010 Mike Buss made it into the headlines as the most talked about Ultra Marathon Athlete after breaking 14 world records in just 12 months, including running the greatest distance in 7 days (517.25 miles), running the greatest number of back to back marathons on a treadmill (100 marathons in 100 consecutive days) and ran the most times up and down Mt. Snowdon in North Wales carrying a 40lbs pack.

In 2011 Mike is using such events as The Running Joke as training runs for some of the toughest challenges of his life which he will attempt this year... 3200 miles, 3 Continents, 2 Deserts, 1 Arctic Circle.

This challenge kicks off on the 18th March in Whitehorse Canada where Mike will run 120 miles in the Arctic Circle in temperatures of -40degrees to -70degrees, followed the next week by the Marathon des Sables a 256 km run across the Sahara Desert before moving onto the Death Valley in the USA where he will become the first person to run 100 marathons in 100 days carrying a 40lbs pack in temperatures of 50degrees C.

To follow Mike in his aim to raise £250,000 for Help for Heroes and other forces Charities log onto Mike’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MIKE-BUSS-Beyond-Impossible/10...

Or Twitter: http://twitter.com/mikebuss

Leicester Comedy Festival 2011 runs from 4-20th February. Confirmed acts include Lenny Henry, Jimmy Carr, Stephen K Amos, Lucy Porter, Mark Steel, Arabella Weir, Jo Caulfield, Patrick Monahan, Chris Addison, John Shuttleworth, Andrew Lawrence, Terry Saunders, Zoe Lyons, Chris McCausland, Paul Sinha, Paul Zerdin, Marcel Lucont, Doc Brown, Andrew Bird, Andrew Ryan, Phil Cool, Terry Alderton, Neil Innes, Mark Thomas, Jon Richardson, Simon Munnery, Sarah Millican, Milton Jones, Holly Walsh, Isy Suttie and Andy Zaltzman. Full programme information is available from www.comedy-festival.co.uk

To Contact Mike, email: activelifeuk@hotmail.com or call his agent
Marcus Chidgey
Captive Minds on: 0207 422 8267
www.captiveminds.com