“It’s not something you want to rush. You want to go the long way.
You want to see stuff. This is the world…”
The Running Man
Believe it or not but there are people who really ran around the globe.
The first man was British runner Robert Garside.
Inspired by the joy and freedom that his mother expressed after leaving a difficult marriage, Garside wanted to see the world.
When he read a story of Dave Kunst, an American who walked around the world from 1970 through 1974, he thought “Why not run it?”
He gave it a try in 1995. It took him 3 attempts though before he succeeded.
In 2003 he completed his solo global run after 2.062 days.
Although not verified by the World Runners Association,“The Running Man” was honored by Guinness World Records for the first fully-authenticated run around the world in 2007.
Garside ran 56.787 km, crossing 41 countries on 6 continents. #TheRunningMan
Since 2003 six men have broken Garside’s record.
Fastest runner around the world
On April 9 2015 British ultra runner Kevin Carr broke the latest record after running 26,232K around the world in 621 days.
He used 16 pairs of shoes while running through 26 countries on 5 continents.
Worldwide race tips and inspiration for runners who like to travel.
All links to the race events can be found down this page.
World Marathon Challenge
Richard Donovan improved his own 2009 World Record in 2012 to run 7 Marathons on 7 continents within 4 days, 22 hours and 3 minutes. Donovan introduced the World Marathon Challenge in 2015; 9 men and 1 woman took the challenge to run 7 Marathons on 7 continents within 7 days. They all finished within the max of 8 hours per race, but Donovan still holds the World Record.
On January 23 2018 this challenge of a lifetime will start again in Antarctica. After completing their first Marathon on the ‘Frozen Continent’, 4 women and 11 men will run standard 42.2km (26.2 miles) Marathon distances in Punta Arenas (Chile), Miami (USA), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco), Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Sydney (Australia).
The fastest male and female runner win the World Record of Book of Alternative Records.
The 59 hours of flying will be used to refuel and sleep a bit between races.
Although carbon emissions from the flights will be offset by the organizers via a payment to CarbonFund.org, this isn’t the most eco-friendly race to run.
Wings for Life World Run
With 35 Wings for Life World Run locations around the world, you have a great choice of where to run for those who can’t. On 1 day all participants around the world run the same race, wether it’s day or night, hot or cold, in a team or individual.
You can choose your favorite conditions, visit friends and family, go somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit, near or far. 100% OF THE ENTRY FEE GOES TO SPINAL CORD RESEARCH. The next #WingsForLifeWorldRun will be held on May 7 2017. #WFLWorldRun #WorldRun #RunningTheWorld
WORLD RACE SERIES:
World Marathon Majors
The World Marathon Majors is a series of six of the largest and most renowned Marathons in the world: Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon and New York City Marathon. #WMMajors
The Ultra-Trail® World Tour races illustrate the diversity of trail running, with 11 worldwide challenging trails of at least 100K and minimal 500 runners per event.
A variety of trails, from steep paths of the Alps, to beaches of Hong Kong and the Moroccan desert. It includes The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra-Trail® and the Tarawera 100km Ultramarathon, between the Ultra-Trail® Mont Fuji and Transgrancanaria HG.#UltraTrailWorldTour #UltraTrail
Skyrunner® World Series counts 23 races in 10 countries and contain Vertical, Sky, Ultra and Extreme formats.
Although people have been trying to conquer mountains for ages while hunting, fighting or smuggling, mountain running as a sport just came up in the nineties. #SkyrunnerWorldSeries
The XTERRA World Tour gives athletes around the world a chance to race in off-road triathlons and trail runs in some of the most diverse, spectacular, and challenging natural environments on the planet – from tropical jungles to snow-covered alps. Pro athletes compete for pro prize monies, while amateurs race for national titles and qualification slots into the yearly World Championship in Maui, Hawaii in October.#XTERRAWorldTour
The 4 adventurous races in the Beyond the Ultimate series are the Jungle Ultra in Peru, the Mountain Ultra in Nepal, the Desert Ultra in Namibia and the Ice Ultra in Arctic Sweden. Whether you are in it to win or finish, these footraces, varying between 220 and 250 km, will test you in ways you never thought possible. Expect the unexpected.
The Hall of Fame is for the crazy few who finish all 4 races within 12 months.#BeyondTheUltimate
The 4 Deserts endurance footrace series covers the Atacama Crossing in Chile, the Gobi March in China, the Sahara Race in Egypt and The Last Desert in Antarctica. Each desert is unique, varying from extreme hot to ultra cold. The 7 day races of max 250 km are self-supported, apart from provided water and a tent for night rest.
The ultimate challenge to test and go beyond physical and mental limits. #4Deserts
The 5 Continents Grand Slam includes 5 100 miles (116 km) races in Sweden (TEC), Chile (Atacama Xtreme), South Africa (Washi) Australia (GNW 100) and Israel (Sovek Emek), with trails that cross through a variety of terrains and climates, like rainy forests, hot deserts and cool mountains.
Participants who want to complete all 5 races have 3 years to become a 5 Continents Grand Slam 100 miles FINISHER.
Those that want the same event with less distance can join the Slam with the same races but in 80 and 100 kilometers.
The Earthathon Relay is a 25,000-mile running relay which is being ran virtually all around the earth by 10 teams. Each team will cover 25.000 miles in total. The second relay started in 2015. Everyone can join the relay.
Resources / further reading:
Walking and running around the globe
First people who walked round the world
First certified walk around earth by Dave Kunst
Robert Garside, the “Running Man”
Kevin Carr, fastest man running around the globe
The ultimate endurance challenge
People who have run a Marathon on seven continents
Running world series
World Marathon Challenge
Wings for Life World Run
World Marathon Majors
Ultra-Trail World Tour
SkyRunner World Series
XTERRA World Tour
Beyond the Ultimate Series
4 Deserts endurance footrace series
5 Continents Grand Slam
Individual running events around the world
Race Calendar, from 10K up to multiday races
AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) World Running Calendar
IAAF (International Associations of Athletic Federations) Indoor and Outdoor Race Events
World Running Calendar 5K-200K
Worldwide Towerrunning and Stair races
International Trailrunning Calendar
GoRunning Tours City running and Sightrunning
Worldwide City Trails and Community Runs
Running tours and Adventure Marathons
International running event and travel packages from 5K up to Marathons
Marathon tours and travel
Worldwide running and travel packages from Marathon up to multistage
City (marathon) running and sight running in Europe
“It’s not something you want to rush. You want to go the long way. You want to see stuff. This is the world…” by Robert Garside.
“Running is my art and the mountains are my canvas.” by Tomothy Allen Olson.
“To dream anything you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.” by Bernard Edmonds.
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