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NORTH AMERICA HAS BEEN CONQUERED!

NORTH AMERICAN STATS.. DAYS 320 KM = 14,024

START IN NORTH AMERICA ON 9TH NOVEMBER IN CAPE SPEAR, NEWFOUNDLAND,CANADA AT KM 0.

YAVIZA, PANAMA WAS THE FINISH LINE AFTER RUNNING 14,024KM IN CANADA,USA,MEXICO,GUATEMALA,EL SALVADOR,HONDURAS, NICARAGUA,COSTA RICA AND PANAMA.

PLEASE REMEMBER 377KM WERE RUN IN IRELAND,EUROPE BEFORE NORTH AMERICA. SO MY TOTAL TO DATE IS 14,,401KM

Yesterday January 8th 2012 I ran into Yaviza, Panama which is the furthest point south in North America. During the last few km I heard some of the children shouting out from the shanty shacks ‘ Bravo! ‘

There were tears in my eyes as I heard the claps and the shouts of ……’ It’s the world runner! ‘  I had heard that whispered as I ran by a few houses earlier in the day. Even a few ´it´s the loco Americano ´, as every gringo is assumed to be here.

 I ran to the river Rio Chucunaque that separates North America from the Darien Gap Jungle (AMAZING READ HERE)   and South America.

No more crossings of the Darien Gap Jungle are allowed anymore by either the Panamianian or Colombian governments. I was escorted to the Frontier Police Station and asked in no uncertain terms ” what time was I leaving town tomorrow! ”

It would not have been possible to run North America, all 14,000km of my route here in exactly 14 months without the great support I received from so many wonderful people all over this vast continent, many people probably don’t realise just how big it really is, till they run it :)

Thanks to everyone….  ¡ Muchas Gracias por todos!

Details to follow…

BY THE WAY.. I WROTE THE NICARAGUAN,COSTAN RICAN AND PANAMANIAN BLOGS WHILE BACK IN DUBLIN ON MY TIMEOUT, SORRY THEY WERE SO FAR BEHIND AND FOR THE PICTURE QUALITY DUE TO FAULTY CAMERA. I ALSO INSERTED THE MISSING PHOTOS FROM ALL THE BLOG POSTINGS AS FAR BACK AS MEXICO LAST SEPT, IF ANYONE HAS THE TIME PLEASE FEEL FREE!

HERE ARE THE NICARAGUAN AND COSTA RICAN AND PANAMANIAN  BLOGS

NICARAGUA

COSTA RICA

PANAMA

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6 Responses to “NORTH AMERICA HAS BEEN CONQUERED!”

  1. Mam Says:

    Well done Tony, next stop Columbia. A truly great achievement. Continue to enjoy your running. God bless you Mam :)

  2. Barbara Churchly Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, TONY!!!!!!!! Now, for the excitement of an incredibly diverse and beautiful continent, South America!! May every mile be one of joy and discovery, Barb

  3. stewart cochrane Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TONY!!!
    keep on keepin on…
    stewart and bernie cochrane
    pasadena
    newfoundland
    canada

  4. Greg Havely Says:

    Hey Tony—congrats man—-seems just like yesterday that we were discussing how to get through Baja while hanging out in Sedona—Now, it is on to another continent. Quite a huge achievement my old friend—remember when we thought cycling around the world was a huge feat—-child’s play compared to this effort!!! OK–looking forward to more interesting blogging from S. America—and maybe even a reunion in Peru—–good running my friend–Greg

  5. theworldjog Says:

    Thanks Greg, I look forward to that! And don’t forget next up is COFFEE HEAVEN!! :)

  6. Liam Mycroft Says:

    Welcome to South America – We are awaiting your arrival down here in Buenos Aires later in the year – Keep on the road…

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About Tony

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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