Today star Sylvia Jeffreys’ huge challenge 10 weeks after giving birth

She may have given birth to her second child just over two months ago, but Today Extra host Sylvia Jeffreys is gearing up for another huge physical challenge.

The 35-year-old TV star is set to take part in this weekend's Relief Run, a global, virtual event where runners can choose to take on 5km, 10km or — gulp — a half-marathon.

Sylvia Jeffreys wearing an orange top on the set of Today Extra
Today Extra host Sylvia Jeffreys just gave birth - and she's about to take on a fun run. Photo: Instagram/sylviajeffreys.

Sylvia steps up

"I'll be doing more of a walk/run over 5km given I'm only 10 weeks postpartum," she tells Yahoo Lifestyle in an exclusive chat.

The arrival of baby Henry, Sylvia's second son with her Sky News co-host husband, Peter Stefanovic, in April put paid to any formal training — but that's not to say their 16-month-old, Oscar, hasn't kept his mum on her toes.

"I haven't done any training of the traditional kind, but chasing after an energetic toddler has got to count for something, right?" she jokes.


Sylvia Jeffreys with husband Peter Stefanovic and their two young sons
Sylvia and Peter with their two boys, toddler Oscar and newborn Henry. Photo: Instagram/sylviajeffreys.

Sylvia will be lacing up her sneakers for a very worthwhile cause. Relief Run was co-founded by another famous face, former Survivor contestant Samantha Gash, with this year's event raising lifesaving funds for Covid-ravaged India.

"I'm so inspired by Sam's commitment to this cause," Sylvia says. "The recent Covid outbreak in India has been devastating for the nation and its people, and for the thousands of Australians who have loved ones over there.

"I'm proud to join my AIA Vitality friends to support the Relief Run and help raise money for urgent medical supplies."

Mark Wales, Samantha Gash and their toddler son Harry who is wrapped in a white towel on the beach
Ex-Survivor star Sam Gash with her co-star-turned-husband Mark Wales and their toddler son Harry. Photo: Instagram/samanthagash.

Celebrity fun run

Sylvia and Sam, who are both ambassadors for life and health insurer AIA Australia, will be in good company while pounding the pavement.

Also putting in the kms down under are TV presenter Bec Judd and Olympic skier Alisa Camplin, while football superstar David Beckham does his part in the UK.

Last year, Relief Run raised more than $1 million for bushfire relief, and Sam tells Yahoo Lifestyle that they've already cracked this year's target.

"Our goal was to raise AU$250,000," she explains. "Last night we surpassed it! We are now hoping that through continued registrations and donations over the weekend, this amount will build.

"Every dollar raised will be put to good use on the ground in India thanks to World Vision."

Sam runs through the Ballia district in northeast India in 2016. Photo: supplied.
Sam runs through the Ballia district in northeast India in 2016. Photo: supplied.

Professional endurance athlete Sam's deep connection to India and its people began back in 2016 when she ran 4,000km across the country in 76 days to raise funds for World Vision.

Since then, Sam appeared on the 2017 season of Survivor, married her fellow castaway Mark Wales and welcomed a son, Harry.

Relief Run takes place over the weekend of 11, 12 and 13 June. Participants all over the world can run or walk 5km, 10km or a half-marathon at a location and time that suits them.

You can register here or donate to World Vision's COVID-19 India crisis appeal here.

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