6th continent, 8th country done at the Melbourne Marathon in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Cool day with the most mellow start I’ve ever seen at a big city marathon. Nice flat course for the most part past several of the major sites, finishing in the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. I ran the first 10 miles or so with Lara Michelle. It’s always nice to see a familiar face when you’re far from home. Speaking of, it’s been nice catching up with Rustam Bhote and Tanaz Bhote and their kids. Fun fact: Melbourne was almost named “Batmania” after John Batman, the founder of the settlement on the Yarra River that would become Melbourne.