“It’s not something you want to rush. You want to go the long way.
You want to see stuff. This is the world…”
SELF ORGANIZED RUNNING EXPEDITIONS
Trying to work out what your challenge could be and want it hard?
Here are some ideas if you like more of a solo adventure, and if a buckle or medal doesn’t bother you.
Follow the journey of two Belgium guys, running 25.000 kilometers, from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to Ushuaia in Argentina, for a good cause. They started April 24, 2016 and will complete a marathon each day for two years!
They run for “To walk again”, a Belgian organization founded by their friend Marc Herremans, which provides custom-made sports and exercise activities for children, youth, and adults with a physical limitation.
2002 was meant to be the year for Marc to make his dream come true: winning the Ironman in Hawaii. Unfortunately, during training he had an accident on Lanzarote and he was paralyzed from chest to toes. His life changed forever.
Marc succeeded, despite his complete paralysis from the chest downwards, to be the 2006 Ironman World champion. A year later Marc went for the second item on his bucket list, the Crocodile Trophy: a 870 mile long and arduous mountain bike competition in the outback of Australia. Marc started as the first wheelchair athlete ever in this difficult competition and drove 10 days later as the first and only wheelchair athlete to pass the finish line.
Marc is more active than ever. He carries his message as a motivational speaker with full conviction. He established a training center where he professionally guides athletes and recreationists.
More info: #ViaPanAm
As an Ambassador for World Vision, on November 25th 2017 Samantha Gash returned from a 76 day/3253km run from the West (Jaislamer, Rajasthan) to East (Shillong, Meghalaya) of India. She raised over $150K to fund six education-focused programs and visited 18 communities that World Vision support across the country. These stories were shared through a digital platform with organizations and individuals taking part in global peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.
Samantha’s experience has made her an inspiring and energetic communicator with a unique ability to inspire people to push through their limitations. She is a dynamic corporate speaker, empowering audiences in Australia and internationally.
More info: #RunIndia
Freedom Runners: Running The Freedom Trail for Save the Children, South Africa
In 2014 ultra-marathon runner Samantha Gash from Australia and fellow ultra-marathon runner Mimi Anderson from the United Kingdom, ran two marathons per day for just over a month.
After two years of planning, they ran 1,968km across the Freedom Trail, beginning in the far east of the country in Pietermaritzburg and finishing 32 days later in Paarl, just outside Cape Town.
The project was launched in March 2015 to support young women in a rural area of KwaZulu-Natal; providing the girls with better access to feminine hygiene products, enabling them to remain in education.
More info: #SaveTheChildren
Barclay Oudersluys got inspired by the movie “Forrest Gump” and decided to follow Tom Hanks’ route across the United States, from the Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles, California to the Marshal point lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine.
From May 9, 2015, he was running about 50K every day for 100 days across America to promote healthy living while raise $11,599 for the STEPS Foundation. This is a non-profit movement by professional runners Ryan and Sara Hall, to fight global poverty through better health.
More info: #ProjectGump #StepsFoundation
Running South America for wild places and wildlife
On 20th October 2013, Katharine & David Lowrie completed running the length of South America.
After 14 Months, 23 Days, 13 hours and 55 Minutes they had covered 6,504 miles, through the largest rainforest on earth, the longest mountain range, from the Southern Ocean, finally into the Caribbean Sea of Venezuela.
Katharine and David were running the length of South America unsupported to achieve the following aims:
Raise money for Asociacion Armonia, BirdLife International and Conservacion Patagonica to buy and conserve threatened habitats in South America, ensuring their protection through local governance and employment.
Through their running they inspired environmental action, to prove that with small steps we can tackle seemingly insurmountable challenges. It’s not too late to protect the world’s remaining unspoiled ecosystems, but time is running out.
Katherine wrote a book about their journey: “Running South America: With My Husband and Other Animals“
More info: #RunningSouthAmerica
Terry Fox Marathon of Hope
An active teenager involved in many sports, the Canadian Terry Fox was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimeters (six inches) above the knee in 1977.
While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
He would call his journey the Marathon of Hope. After 18 months and running over 5,000 kilometers (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980.
Gradually enthusiasm grew, and the money collected along his route began to mount. After 143 days Terry had to give up. He passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22.
The heroic Canadian was gone, but his legacy was just beginning. To date, over $750 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.
More info: The Terry Fox Foundation continues where Terry had to stop.
Believe it or not but there are people who really run 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 before he succeeded in 2003, completing his solo global run after 2.062 days. Garside ran 56.787 km, crossing 41 countries on 6 continents.
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. Since 2003 six men have broken Garside’s record.
Danish ultra runner Jesper Olsen ran around the world 2 times. At age 33 he was the youngest world runner who finished a race around the world on October 23, 2005. He ran 26,232K East-West in 662 days, crossing 14 countries on 4 continents. In 2012 he completed his second “round.”
“What fascinated me about doing such a long run was the opportunity to literally measure the world, not only by thought but by using my body as the medium to understand and experience the world.
How? Step by step and continent by continent; to understand the world, its vastness, its diversity, its cultures, and its nature; and its unity, if such thing exists.
What it really is beyond the books, television shows, documentaries and “snapshots” and “highlights” we usually experience,” Olsen describes in his book “The Runners Guide to the Planet,” Olsen says.
More info: World Records by global runners.
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