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(MELBOURNE – TO – BRISBANE In 74-Days With The Kindness Of Strangers He Walked & Ran The Equivalent Of 56-Marathons #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Feb.14: A Melbourne man has walked and run the equivalent of 56 marathons from Melbourne to Brisbane for charity, fuelled by service station meat pies, raw veggies, and the kindness of strangers:

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‘Kindness & Love of strangers helps man complete gruelling 74-day charity trek from Melbourne to Brisbane there by the Grace Of God Go I ….Guiding Your Way’

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Man stands triumphantly in man-made pool in Brisbane.
Domenic was quick to cool off when he arrived at South Bank.(Supplied: Domenic Moore)

Domenic Moore, 27, has completed a gruelling 74-day journey from Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station to Brisbane’s South Bank, racking up daily steps that would put your 10,000 to shame. 

“One morning I just woke up … and I just had this dream of walking from Melbourne to Brisbane,” Domenic told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“And as soon as I stood up I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that’.

Six weeks later, on November 26, Domenic was off and running, armed with only a backpack of supplies.

“The whole challenge for me was to do this unsupported.”

A man stands looking at Flinders Street Station.
Domenic Moore sets off from Melbourne on his months-long journey to Brisbane.(Supplied: Domenic Moore)

And just to add to the already mammoth task, he decided to do so barefoot. 

“I don’t know why,” he said.

“It was just an extra challenge.” Loading

Domenic wanted to raise money for the Indigenous Marathon Foundation, inspired by his own passion for Indigenous culture and connection to the land. 

The foundation’s founder and director Rob de Castella said he was incredibly inspired by Domenic’s efforts.

“We use running to promote a healthy lifestyle within Indigenous Australia but also to install a sense of pride and achievement and accomplishment,” he said.

“It’s wonderful to see the resonance that the Indigenous Marathon Program and the foundation is having with not just Indigenous Australians, but all Australians.

“I think that what Domenic has done to bring attention to what we do and to raise funds for the foundation is just a testament to the impact that the foundation is having.” 

Domenic ‘couldn’t stand up’

Three-hundred kilometres in, Domenic’s feet were unbearably blistered. 

“I literally couldn’t stand up,” he said.

He stopped to let his feet heal at a motel and added sneakers to his tool kit but that is where the luxuries ended. 

“Beside the 12 days when I slept indoors, I was sleeping on a tarp and a sleeping bag, open to the weather.”

A man takes a selfie while he lies in a sleeping bag on the beach.
For the majority of the trip, Domenic slept under the stars with only a sleeping bag and a tarp.(Supplied: Domenic Moore)

Most days kicked off by 5:00am.

“I’d pretty much do 2 hours of walking, rest for 30 minutes, 2 hours of walking and then rest for like an hour.” 

After a lunch break he would walk until about midnight.Loading

Armed with a diploma in nutrition, he opted to eat raw foods when he could — in addition to the service station meat pies and sausage rolls.

“It ended up just becoming a raw diet: raw potato, raw broccoli, raw cauliflower, raw anything.

“If I didn’t have that, I would just go lethargic.”

Warm welcomes in rural towns

Domenic said it was the people he met along the way that gave him the most energy. 

A man holds a can of Coke and $20 given to him by a woman smiling from her car.
Domenic said he was moved by the generosity and kindness of strangers.(Supplied: Domenic Moore)

“I met some incredibly kind-hearted people who just made the journey so incredible. 

“Just those moments of connection and people going out of their way to help you. There was just so many of those.”

Domenic was quickly noticed in the smaller towns, where people showed an interest in what he was doing, including the community at Golden Beach in Victoria.

“When I got to the town, there was food already paid for me, there were 15 of them there that had been talking about me,” he said.

“Someone let me sleep in the back of their place.

“The whole town just came out.

“They gave the first $500 of donations.”

The warm welcomes and kindness were a stark contrast to the gruelling days of walking through rain or blistering heat. 

“If you live [life] with contrasts, it just makes it so incredible,” Domenic said.

Fundraising ambitions fell flat

Domenic set out with the aim of raising $10,000 but his plans to promote the fundraiser and post updates on social media largely went out the window when the reality of the physical challenge in front of him set in. 

“I just had to survive,” he said.

“I literally couldn’t summon the strength to think of anything else.”

Domenic is about $7,000 away from his goal but he hopes to reach his target.

When Domenic crossed the “finish line” of South Bank in Brisbane, on Thursday afternoon — 74 days after setting off — his brother Isaac was there to surprise him. Loading

The two brothers hadn’t seen each other for a year. 

“I’d been watching his Instagram and I saw that he was going to be finished just after I finished work so I thought, ‘This is awesome, I can sneak down there and surprise him,'” Isaac Moore said.

So what’s next for Domenic. 

“I’m going to eat ‘all the things’ and I’m going to sleep on a mattress,” he said.

“And I’m going to sleep in.”

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