Message from World Runners Association ( WRA) and other world runners.

Tony, Congratulations my Friend on just about ( time differences aside ) completing your 50 000 km run around the world. AWESOME , GREAT, FANTASTIC . ( Even if you did miss Canberra ) As President of the World Runners Association , I would like to congratulate you on becoming the third to complete this achievement and welcome to the select group. We will also be recognizing yourself for doing the longest run around the world and being the oldest to achieve this great feat. Enjoy today and the Dublin Marathon tomorrow. Tuesday your time – you don’t have to go anywhere – if you do get the bus.

Phil Essam, President WRA World Runners Association.

And From Jesper Olsen, Denmark and  two times world runner:

The World Runner :- )
…I’ve had the big pleasure of running the last week w. Tony who according to himself on Monday becomes the 3. runner to complete a world run – According to me, he already since yesterday evening belong to this club of strange people! When we ran into Dublin after a hilly run yesterday he returned to the place he started his run 4 (!) years ago.

Jesper Olsen's favourite food is Licorice Allsorts!! Breakfast in bed,lunch, dinner and snacks it's the same! Crewman Michael Gillan feeds the great Dane.


Tony is not only an outstanding ultrarunner, with several world records to his name, but he also strikes me as a runner who never ever tries “to take the short road”. Literally, because his run is 50 000kms – mine were ‘sprints’ of 26 000 & 37 000kms in comparison. And I guarantee you that the last thousands of kms does not feel as light as the first ones. Just think of how the last km of a marathon feels compared w. the first.

Most importantly, Tony Mangan is a sympatic runner. In this world you sometimes meet people who ‘shout loud and do little’. This athlete has the opposite personality. Seldom have I met a man with more reason to be celebrated for his achievements, yet who is more humble than the average person you’d meet.

I respect you even more for your personality Tony, than for your Fantastic run!
There are many great athletes in the world, but to me to be a great Sportsman is what ultimately matters. May there be many more of your spirit

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And from Tom Denniss The second man to run around the world. Jan 2012 / Sept 2013


Well done, Tony. Great effort. I hope you get all the attention you deserve. Looking forward to catching up one day in person.

Tom  Denniss www.tomsnextstep.com


And from Kevin Carr who will be the 4th world runner in a few months time. Please check Kevin’s website www.hardwayround.com

and support him as he crosses Ireland from Shannon to Dublin in February :)

Kevin is attempting to break Tom’s record for the fastest world run.

Happy 4th anniversary Tony!

enjoy today the last ‘road day’

as you say no rush, champs Elysees Tour de France style!

what an adventure!

happy running both yourself, Jesper and hopefully
many people who join you these last 2 days.

Best wishes Kevin Carr

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One Response to “Message from World Runners Association ( WRA) and other world runners.”

  1. kevin scanlon Says:

    tony, those comments are very welcome from the people who know best about world runs. its hard for us ordinary runners to comprehend what you have done. looking forward to tomorrow. kevin

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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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