Thank You Atlantic Canada! You Made It Happen

Well what can I say. About 6 weeks in Canada and the most unbelievable experience. My first thoughts as I awoke on my last day in the country is that I hope the rest of my world run, and the world in general is just like Canada!

From my very first day in Newfoundland with Sandy Pike picking me up at the airport and helping me get sorted despite her crucial economics examination on the day I departed Cape Spear. The Cochrane family that couldn’t do enough to help. Newfoundland, a place so unique that the residents in neighbouring provinces just love it and have said to me on many occasions..

” If I had the money to retire I would head straight for Newfoundland. ”

Then in Nova Scotia the clerk at a Circle K service station filled out vouchers for 8 free coffees. He couldn’t do much but that was his way of discreetly helping me. The Luftman family for practically stalking me to ensure I stayed with them! Then in New Brunswick the Mallard family treated me like a son. Their behind the scenes World Jog help is still going on.

I know it’s not fair for me to single out incidents like these as there have been countless more during my 6 happy weeks here. To each and every one of you  – a representative from your province – I thank you from the very bottom of my heart. I can honestly say that I have not had one single rude comment uttered to me.. You have been wonderful ambassadors for your country. It just goes to show we are all ambassadors for our countries as one never knows who we are talking to or what blogs our comments end up on.

I have often wondered if I have been employed by the Canada tourist board, such has been the impression made by you good people on the Irish people.

I have coined a new phrase:

” I may be doing the running by running around the world.

But you are making it happen. ”

Atlantic Canada… Thanks a million for opening your wide and generous heart to this runner :)

Go Raibh Maith Agat.

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5 Responses to “Thank You Atlantic Canada! You Made It Happen”

  1. stewart cochrane Says:

    tony…we waited with anticipation for your arrival….not knowing for sure as katheryn had set all this up…the instant i gave you those big turk bars on the side of the highway and to see your reaction i new that your visit with us was going to be a blast. you are welcome with us anytime.
    a merry christmas to you and yours.
    stewart and bernie

  2. Christine Henry Says:

    Tony, Glad to hear you are with good people! We were worried as we didn’t see a new post! Courtney looked for you today on his way to Bangor. But, no Tony! You lost your oatmeal in Mary Ellen’s driveway. Merry Christmas and enjoy your day of rest. Safe travels!!!

  3. Christopher Says:

    Welcome to the US Tony…..I hope that we are as hospitable as our neighbors to the north. Be certain to give us an update of your planned route through the states.

  4. John O'Regan Says:

    Happy Christmas Tony.

  5. Katheryn Cochrane Says:

    Merry Christmas Tony, so glad you’re spending it with good people :)
    The best of luck in the new year!

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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...


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