“Marathon Man” On A Caped Crusade For Africa

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jun. 30, 2011
Marathon Man is out to save children from a deadly disease. Photo: Brisbane Times

Marathon Man is out to save children from a deadly disease. Photo: Brisbane Times

He got the idea after running an ultra in the African desert.

Thirty-eight-year-old sales manager Trent Morrow likes to think of himself as the running equivalent of Clark Kent.

When he’s not behind his desk, he’s out running around in a skin-tight suit with a large M emblazoned across its front. The costume is Morrow’s “Marathon Man” outfit. He wears it in marathons around the world, from Sydney to New York, in order to help fight African children suffering from Noma.

According to Morrow, Noma is “a disease caused by malnutrition and the onset of poverty and geographical isolation. It’s quite a graphic and disturbing disease which starts with an ulcer in the gumline and eats away at their cheek bone, jaw bone and nasal cavity.”

Morrow first discovered the disease when he was running the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert. He had once undergone jaw surgery and said he could, “in a small way,” empathize with the children victims of the disease.

The charity “Marathon Man” helps is called Facing Africa, which funds surgeons who travel the African continent to treat children.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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