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Name: Ron Schwebel
Team member, Born to Run
Story: When Greg invited Ron to join the Born to Run team, he was quick to accept the offer. Ron saw this as a unique opportunity to compete in the 5 Deserts races, travel the world to exotic locations and, at the same time, help to raise funds for Diabetes research.
Ron, 61, began running in the early 1990s - initially 6k once a week, progressing to longer runs. After a long injury spell, he resumed training in 1999 and completed a marathon in 2000. By 2005, he was lured to ultra marathons, 50k, then up to 48 hour races. He holds several Australian age records for road and track ultra marathon distances.
Ron still enjoys shorter distances, and holds a NSW state age record for the Mile. The 5 Deserts introduces a new aspect of running for Ron, multiday racing. Despite the harsh race conditions, he is looking forward to the challenge, and the support of the rest of the team members. Ron enjoys competing in others sports as well. He has raced Windsurfer sailboards for 30 years, with the Narrabeen Sailing Club, and has competed in Australian and World Championships.
Previously, it was water ski racing that excited Ron's competitive urge. After a short career as a civil engineer, Ron moved outdoors, and has been self employed as a lawnmowing contractor for over 30 years. Ron lives in Beacon Hill in Sydney's northern beaches. He is widowed, has three children, Belinda, 31, Emily, 29 and Jamie 25 and two grandchildren.
Ron likes numbers.