Who is Andrei Rosu?
Former member of the ’90s pop group Gaz pe Foc, Andrei has been working for the past 10 years in the financial area – Corporate Sales and Human Resources. Currently he is Management & Strategy Consultant with a multinational company.
In January 2010 he decided to make a major change in his sedentary lifestyle, to become a role model for his 1 year old boy, Alex, and to run his first marathon. Without any athletic background, he managed to train for and to successfully finish the North Pole Marathon (April 2010), despite the extreme weather and terrain conditions. He became the first Romanian to run this marathon and the youngest one to ever reach the North Pole. And another first: Andrei is the only man on Earth who has ever played the drums at the North Pole...
Afterwards, he has run 7 marathons on 7 continents, in less than one year and made his way among the only 50 runners in the world part of the Grand Slam Club. http://www.npmarathon.com/html/20039.html
After running the 100 km race in Antarctica (December 2010), he came up with the idea of also running 7 ultra marathons on each continent. His efforts were recognized by the Guinness World Records and in March 2012 he will be certified as the first man on Earth who will have run both 7 marathons and 7 ultra marathon on 7 continents.
His challenges were deliberately interrupted in August 2011, allowing time to Andrei for babysitting and dippers changing of his second child, Ema. This did not stopped him for setting Romania’s running record for 24 hours (161 km), during a non-stop charity run from Brasov to Bucharest (177 km, November 2011). http://stirileprotv.ro/stiri/social/maratonistul-andrei-rosu-alearga-170-de-kilometri-pentru-bolnavii-de-cancer.html
He is an active fundraiser, supports 3 foundations (Hospice Casa Sperantei, Mia’s Children and Salveaza Vieti) and half of his earnings from public speaking in corporate events are diverted to charity. Andrei is also involved in educational programs and attended pro bono several university and schools events.
His blog (www.andreirosu.me) has reached an impressive number of 100.000 readers, becoming the most read blog of a Romanian amateur athlete and in October 2010, Andrei made a great impression over the audience with his TEDx Bucharest speech. http://youtu.be/ZCfhcy9Lfyk
His future athletic plans include organizing a mass-running competition on Transfagarasan (June 2012) and another national first: in February 2013, Andrei will attend Double Iron, an ultra triathlon – 7.6 km swimming, 360 km biking and 84 km running. Above this, despite the fact that Andrei has just begun taking swimming and biking lessons...