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WELL DONE JESPER OLSEN!

 

Jesper Olsen with friends at the end of his second world run.

One man I cant applaud enough, tough as nails and a long overdue mention to my great friend,  fellow ultra runner and fellow world runner Jesper Olsen who recently finished his SECOND WORLD RUN!!!!

There is hardly an hour in every day when I don’t reflect on Jespers remarkable toughness! How he kept up his incredible pace throughout his two world runs and having only walked for about 3 ten minute periods in a total of over 65,000km I will never know!

Jesper Olsen many Congrats!!!!

Jesper is one of the sports nicest guys! No ego nor chip on his shoulder, always willing to help and advise other  runners. Jesper finished that second world run, running  over 200km km on his  very last day!  Then after he got his breath back he even took the time to email me from St. Johns airport, Newfoundland  offering his help and services to me. What a guy! :)

  His last few weeks were over the same route that I ran in my very first weeks of this run but in the opposite direction.

Please check out Jesper Olsen’s website a true hero www.worldrun.org

 

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One Response to “WELL DONE JESPER OLSEN!”

  1. Ann Says:

    That is so sporting of Jesper to offer his help to you Tony. What a true champ he is and well done to him on his achievement!!!

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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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