by Aiden Taylor

One iconic scene of the movie Forrest Gump sees Forrest jet off his front porch on a whim and embark on what becomes a run across Alabama. There and then he proclaims, “That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.”

So it was for Parklands Christian College teacher Zac Cunningham, who ran a full marathon in his 43-metre long driveway during COVID isolation last week.

“I woke up and realised that we didn’t really have anything to do for the day, so I thought ‘let’s do a run for the day’ and off I went,” Zac says.

‘Boy’ and ‘Blue’ join Zac for a few of the 1000 laps of his driveway. (Photo courtesy of Susie Cunningham)

The Parklands Christian College teacher would usually be tutoring students in construction subjects, but the recent COVID scare led to enforced isolation for the entire school.

Zac channelled his inner Forrest Gump to run 1,000 laps of his driveway in roughly 4-hours and 40-minutes while listening to radio coverage of the NRL.

“Honestly, it’s just because I enjoy it, it’s just fun for me,” says Zac. “I’ve been into triathlons for about three years now and I just love the sport.”

Zac wears a path jogging 1000 laps of his 43m driveway. (Photo courtesy of Susie Cunningham)

Zac is set to return to teaching once school returns in the coming week, but behind the scenes, he is sizing up his next challenge: a half-Ironman.

“I’m about five weeks out from my next event up at the Sunshine Coast, so fingers crossed it doesn’t get cancelled,” he says.

“A normal week involves 10 sessions and it’d be around 12-hours’ worth of training.”

Zac lives in Beaudesert and works in Park Ridge. He recently started one of Beaudesert’s only long distance-focussed running clubs. For more information, join ‘Beaudesert Runners’ on Facebook.

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