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Running the North Pole Marathon

Hi Everyone.

I will be running the North Pole Marathon in a couple of days time when there is a good ‘ window of opportunity ‘ logistic wise. In the meantime the runners are having fun in the Arctic Circle as we wait for our charter flight to 90 degrees and the Pole itself :)

As regular readers will know the North Pole Marathon race director was my main sponsor on my world run, What a friend Richard Donovan is for when I crossed the finish line in October Richard presented me with a free trip and entry for the race as my reward for running around the world! Richard also said it’s a return trip so I don’t have to run home :)

Please follow the race and the build up on

https://www.facebook.com/npmarathon?fref=ts

www.northpolemarathon.com

Richard says he will be updating by satellite phone.

and I will post some buildup gossip here.

https://www.facebook.com/tony.mangan.14

Evening in Longyearbyen population 2,050 and the most northern town in the world, more snow mobiles than people.

Not much to do here that is perhaps why there is a large Thai community as many people imported Thai brides :)

 Instead I had a drink with Richard Donovan right and Australian former world marathon record holder Rob de Castella (the Deek) who in 1986 broke the world record in Boston 2hour 07.51 Rob, a humble man who prefers to be known for his fantastic work with the Australian indigenous people. Through the Indigenous Marathon Project Rob is showing them a healthy and better lifestyle. Also picture is Adrian Dobson-Shaw who is leading the way in his community.

He is a role model for a cleaner lifestyle and says his people are embracing positive change :)

Press HERE for a list of the runners profiles.

Earlier in the day:

My most important mission this week has been achieved! I promised Abi Delaney and Shauna Kelly who are related to my cousin Sandra Kelly Delaney that I would personally deliver their letters to Santa at the North Pole! Here I am posting Abi and Shauna’s letters! :)

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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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