Comedian Eddie Izzard Auctions Sneakers After 707-Mile Run

A day after completing his 707-mile run for charity, English comedian Eddie Izzard is auctioning off his well-worn shoes.

Izzard, known for his cross-dressing, rambling stand-up routines, ran 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa to raise about $2 million for charity. Over the course of the four-week event, Izzard covered more than 700 miles, from Cape Town to Johannesburg, in sneakers and apparel from Inov-8, New Balance and Adidas.

The 54-year-old performer put his autographed Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 sneakers up for bid on eBay earlier today.

Izzard Tweeted: “Auctioning for @sportrelief some signed running shoes used in #27marathon27days.”

Izzard set out to earn money for Sport Relief, a nonprofit organization that brings sports and entertainment together to raise funds for poor people in the U.K. and others living in poverty-stricken countries.

The improv artist, who battled dehydration and sunstroke, ended his journey on Sunday with a double marathon. He completed the second 26.2-mile marathon at the base of a massive statue of Nelson Mandela — the inspiration behind the challenge. For each of the 27 years the former South African president spent in prison, participants would run one marathon.

Izzard had tried the feat before in 2012 but had to withdraw due to health reasons.

Watch the BBC’s coverage of his grueling feat here.

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