'I thought Pat Farmer was a great Australian even before I met him. His single-mindedness, dedication and will to succeed have been an inspiration to the Australian cricket team. He shows that if you do the hard work and take it one step at a time, whether in sport or life, you can make it to the finish line. His story will inspire everyone.'
Steve Waugh, Australian cricket captain
'Pat Farmer is one of the most courageous and inspirational sportsmen I have ever met. His is a classic story of a person prepared to make enormous sacrifices in their quest for a dream.'
Jason Little, Australian Wallaby
Pat Farmer is not a man to stand still. His record-breaking 14 986-kilometre Centenary of Federation run was the culmination of an extraordinary career.
Pat was first inspired to take up ultra marathon running when he saw Cliff Young and Geoff Molloy run past his workplace in the Westfield Sydney-Melbourne ultra. He became so passionate about his running that he would eventually sacrifice almost everything in his drive to be the best in the world. Pat has set himself body (and mind) numbing feats-two Trans-American races in which he finished second and fourth, two gruelling, record-breaking treks across the Simpson Desert, racing against the best in the world in Hong Kong and Japan and, in the process, raising millions of dollars for various charities.
Running on a Dream is Pat Farmer's story as told to leading Australian journalist and fellow marathon runner Ian Eckersley. It traces Pat's progress from gangly teenage mechanic to a true Australian hero, describing in vivid detail the battle between mind and body as Pat graduates through the ranks of the loneliest sport in the world. Just as he reaches the pinnacle of his sport, his beloved wife, his most constant supporter and the mother of his two children, is taken tragically from him. Every step of Pat's Centenary of Federation Run is taken for Lisa.
Pat Farmer's story offers a fascinating insight into what makes a person push themselves beyond the limits of normal endurance. This is the story of one man's determination to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.