MANY THANKS TO MY SPONSORS FOR PROVIDING ME WITH ( NIRVANA) MY FANTASTIC JOGGING STROLLER. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN RUNNERS AND WALKERS HUMPED AROUND BACKPACKS.. I PUSHED MY WAY ACROSS NORTH AMERICA IN COMFORT. PLEASE CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE CHARIOT CARRIERS
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RUNNING AROUND THE WORLD I NEED THE BEST OF OUTDOORS EQUIPMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY CAMPING SPONSOR GREAT OUTDOORS FOR THE GREAT SUPPORT THEY HAVE GIVEN ME. PLEASE CHECK OUT THEIR STORE WHILE IN DUBLIN OR ORDER FROM THEIR WEBSITE GREAT OUTDOORS
YOU DONT HAVE TO RUN AROUND THE WORLD FOR 4 YEARS TO SEE THE NORTH POLE OR EVEN THE ANTARCTIC!
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MANY THANKS TO THE NORTH POLE FOR THEIR VERY GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP
RUNNING THROUGH THE WORST WINTER IN NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY. HOW DID I STAY DRY AND BLISTER FREE?
SIMPLE I WORE DRYMAX SOCKS! IN OVER 5,000 MILES THE ONLY BLISTER I GOT WAS DUE TO MY OWN STUPIDITY OF PUTTING ON A BAD PAIR OF RUNNING SHOES!
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PS. I JUST CANT TAKE THEM OFF. I AM WEARING THEM RUNNING AROUND THE HIOUSE ON MY TIMEOUT!
I JUST THOUGHT I WOULD RERUN THIS OLD ARTICLE AND SOME MEDIA STUFF FOR THE BENEFIT OF MY NEW FOLLOWERS. THE IRISH TIMES ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED LAST DECEMBER WHEN I WAS STILL RUNNING IN CANADA. NOTE: TIME TO COMPLETE THE RUN WILL NOW BE 4 YEARS ( FINISHING WITH THE DUBLIN MARATHON IN OCTOBER 2014) AND THE DISTANCE REQUIRED WILL BE 50,000KM / 31,000 MILES. I HAVE MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE ‘ ABOUT PAGE .’
PRESS > HERE TO VIEW.
A PREVIOUSLY UNSHOWN INTERVIEW IN TARKIO, MISSOURI. WELL RESEARCHED. PRESS HERE TO VIEW. NOTE STORY CONTINUES ON PAGE 3.
PRESS > HERE TO LISTEN TO NPR RADIO INTERVIEW FROM MEMPHIS, ILLINOIS LAST MARCH
AND IN BRUSH, COLORADO PRESS HERE
AND THE SONG MY FRIEND WROTE ABOUT THE WORLD RUN! PRESS TO LISTEN
I WAS NOT AWARE I WAS BEING ‘ INTERVIEWED ‘ AS I SET OFF IN A BLIZZARD IN WINTERPORT,MAINE PRESS TO VIEW
30 MINUTE RADIO INTERVIEW IN COLORADO. CLICK ON ‘ LONE RUNNER ‘ LINK ON BLOG PANEL ON LEFT. PRESS .> HERE TO LISTEN
NBC TV INTERVIEW IN ILLINOIS PRESS HERE
PRESS >> HERE TO PLAY. MANY THANKS TO GREG TICE FOR RECORDING THIS AS HE STOOD NEXT TO THE CAMERAMAN :)
SORRY FOR THE POOR SOUND QUALITY. THIS WAS FUNNY BECAUSE THE JOURNALIST JUST ASKED ME ONE QUESTION. SEVERAL TIMES I STOPPED AND HE JUST SAID NOTHING, SO I HAD TO RAMBLE ON FOR OVER 12 MINUTES!
MY OFFICIAL DISTANCE ACROSS THE USA FROM CALLAIS, MAINE TO OCEAN BEACH, CALIFORNIA = 5,921KM = 3,679.1 MILES.
THEN AN EXTRA 78.9KM / 49.1 MILES TO THE US/MEXICAN BORDER AT TECATE. SO TOTAL FOR THE USA = 5,999.9KM = 3,728.2 MILES.
NOW… TIME OUT TIME
TOTAL DISTANCE RUN TO DATE FOR 183 ROAD DAYS. >>>>> 8,065.1 KM = 5,011.5 MILES.
At around 2.40 today I ran into the Pacific to complete my run across the USA in exactly 5 months. NBC tv were there to record the splash as I struggled to hold onto Nirvana who nearly floated away! This also means that my first continent, North America has been chalked off. Since the very start of my run in the States when I crossed from Canada into Calais, Maine where the US immigration officer had her boyfriend chase me down on the road to give me a Christmas card with a $20 gift, I have been astonished on a daily basis by the kindness of the wonderful people of this great nation. I have been helped so much by the generosity of the people of every one of the 14 states I ran through, even for the four miles in Iowa. I thank you all for helping me achieve my dream. I know for sure that had I run in any of the other 36 states it would have been the same. So from the very bottom of my heart I would like to thank the American people from every corner of this great country for your incredible help
Special thanks also to Cindy and Roger my kind hosts here in my San Diego base of El Cajon.
Also to Greg who drove 70 miles each way from Orange County just to run the last 10 miles with me. On the the way Greg gave me a major scare and we had to put the boot down to get to Ocean Beach… Greg informed me that the prophets of doom had declared that the end of the world would take place at 3pm. Is this Eastern time or Pacific time? I wondered and worried I would not finish in time..Well we made it and the world did not end So this means my world run continues
I reckon North America to be the easiest continent of the five I plan to run through, please take that as a compliment!
I just have to run from Ocean Beach to the Mexican border. I expect to be at the border on Monday. I will then return to El Cajon and prepare for my time out in Ireland May 26- June 16. Because I finished a couple of days earlier than expected and have the matter of the two U2 concerts in Anaheim on June 17 and 18th and will then probably need a couple of days to get back on the road that my time out will be about 4 weeks. I will of course start running from where I finish on Monday.
My run across the USA is dedicated to the great people of this country, God Bless America!
My splash into the Pacific Ocean is dedicated to my broter-in-law and great friend, provider of endless cups of coffee, John Salmon who celebrated his 50th birthday today.
It is now time for me to hold my hands up and make a major confession! You see I underestimated the distance required for me to run this world run in the manner that I have dreamt of.. A run around the world in the most continuous route possible, connecting up all the continents with no cutting corners on continents. By my latest calculations I will need to run in the region of 50,000km / 31,000 miles. I had estimated 42,000km/ 26,000 miles. I guess I just got scared off while counting or lost count? A world journey is generally considered to be such if 26,000km/ 16,500 miles are travelled. The reality is my criteria is much stricter and a more true world journey as I will be running almost twice that! I have made it very difficult for myself, more difficult than it ever needed to be, but that is my dream.
I will continue to keep all my records in order for authentication even though logic would suggest this is a ‘ self authenticating journey. ‘
Meaning that if I have gone to all this extra trouble and hardship, more than required as mentioned above, which also dragged me through the worst winter in North American history with all its storms and blizzards. ( I could have flown from Ireland to New York instead of running through Atlantic Canada and stormy New England in the winter and just headed for sunny Florida and Central America) Well it would never be conceivable that I would cheat and take a ride of a few kms anywhere else on the run!
By the time I get to the tip of South America I could have easily had one world run chalked off by using this inferior criteria, so I just better make sure I get to the finish!
It is a bit ironic that my deficit is 8,000km / 5, 000 miles = About the exact distance I have run since the start 7 months ago ( 8 months by the time I get back from my time out.)
This is too much to make up in the 2 years 4 months till my original target finish date of October 2013 with the Dublin marathon. My new targeted date will be the Dublin marathon in October 2014. This will also allow me to take more rest days and shorter running days for the rest of the run.
Some very rough ‘ ball park ‘ figures and estimations:
8,000km / 5000 miles run to date.
Mexico and Central America. Another 5,000km / 3,200 miles
Another 12,000 + km circa 7,500 miles
AT THE TIP OF SOUTH AMERICA ( TIERRA DEL FUEGO) THIS IS ROUGHLY THE HALFWAY MARK WHERE I EXPECT THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY TO BE SPENT.
New Zealand, Tasmania and Australia (Melbourne to Darwin via east coast) circa 9,000km 5,600 + miles
South-East Asia to China: Another 6,000km circa 3,750 miles
China to Dublin: Another 10,000km circa 6,200 miles.
My targeted pace per month will now be 1,000km + a few kms per month = 620+ miles.
The reality will be that I will probably run a few more per month to make up for my next time out. I have not decided on when or where that may be.
Some of the statistics of this run are quiet startling! Did you know that if I just ran an extra mile per day over 1,000 road days I would have an extra 1,000 miles! Or 5 weeks extra mileage to take for a time out! But I can not get greedy. All along I had been secretly estimating that this run would be completed in about 950-960 road days. Some people had actually billed this as 1,000 marathons in 1,000 road days! Now its looking more like 1,000 50km’s and it wont be 1,000 days it will be more like 1,200 + road days.
Thanking you for your very loyal support. I hope you will stay with me for the longer haul!
since Tony began his World Run on 25th October 2010
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I have always considered myself to be an average runner. In school, I was even bullied for I was a sports wimp. Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, self-belief and a strong mind I succeeded in not only running around the world but breaking four ultra running world records during my competitive career. Having previously cycled around the world I didn't start running until I was almost 30. Then I had a dream of running around the world. For many reasons, I waited for over 20 years. One reason was to establish my pedigree as an endurance athlete. I started and finished my world run as the current World Record-Holder for 48 Hours Indoor Track 426 kilometres (265 miles), a record I have held since 2007. I also broke and still hold the World Record for 48 hours on a Treadmill 405 kilometres (251 miles) in 2008. When I retired from competition, more pleasing than any of my world, European or Irish records I had the respect of my fellow athletes from all over the world - in my opinion, sports greatest reward - an achievement I am most proud of. Then I finally put myself out to pasture, to live my ultimate dream to run around the world! This blog was written on the road while I struggled to find places to sleep and to recover from running an average of 43.3 kilometres or 27 miles per day for 1,165 road days. There were many nights I typed this blog on a smart phone, so fatigued my eyes closed. Many journalists and endurance athletes have referred to my world run as the most difficult endurance challenge ever attempted. During my expedition I rarely had any support vehicles, running mostly with a backpack. In the more desolate areas I pushed my gear, food and water in a cart which I called Nirvana, then I sent her on ahead to run with my backpack once again over altitudes of almost 5,000 metres in the Andes. I stayed in remote villages where many people had never seen a white person before. I literally met the most wonderful people of this world in their own backyard and share many of those amazing experiences in this blog. My run around the world took 4 years. There were no short cuts, I ran every single metre on the road while seeking out the most comprehensive route across 41 countries, 5 continents, I used 50 pair of running shoes and my final footstep of the run was exactly 50,000 kilometres, (almost 31,000 miles) I eventually finished this tongue in cheek named world jog where I started, at the finish line of my city marathon. I started my global run with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th 2010 and finished with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! Thank you for your support, I hope you can share my unique way of seeing the world, the ultimate endurance challenge! Read more...