Run for RAB - COVID-19 Isolation Marathon

The Backyard Challenge - Steven Bell

I was out running today which was the last and longest run in a possibly futile marathon training program. The marathon i had planned to run on April 19th has quite correctly been cancelled. After today’s run it’s all downhill to April 19th with much shorter training runs for the final two weeks to be in good shape to try to get through the 42.194km on April 19th. I am not really a natural long-distance runner so this has been a battle for me, and so as not to waste the preparation, I started to think about how I could make all these mo the of muscle pain worth it.

The marathon I was going to run is the O’Keefe challenge in Bendigo Victoria, which was raising money for dementia care in the area. Canceling this marathon makes perfect sense given the COVID-19 situation, but I have decided continue with my plans for a first (and probably only) marathon on April 19th as planned. One big difference is that I will run this on a short track around and around the block on which my house stands instead of the nice trail next to the river.  I will try and run most of it before dawn to make extra sure to be socially distant! In the process I am also aiming to raise some funds for RAB to continue the great work they do across ASEAN and the Pacific.  

If you can spare some funds please donate to this great cause. My hope is to raise $4,219.40 which would make it a nice, round $100 per Kilometer. Thanks for supporting a great cause.

Steven Bell
Senior Vice-President Diagnostic Imaging and Digital Health Asia-Pacific
Siemens Healthineers



  • Stop mothers, grandmothers and even teenagers from dying of breast cancer in the Pacific Islands
  • Teach life saving techniques to developing nation doctors
  • Provide much needed equipment to overseas healthcare centres
  • Establish the world’s first tele-radiology in disaster events infrastructure
  • Maintain and increase the wealth of information in the RAB Learning Library
  • Build the world’s first online Certificate in radiology.

Thanks again to Siemens Healthineers for their commitment and their ongoing enthusiasm for RAB – it truly makes a difference.

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