Australian ultra runner Tom Denniss ran 26,232km around the world in 622 days, crossing 20 countries on 5 continents. Every day he covered a marathon distance and on September 13, 2013 he became the Fastest world runner with a record that was 40 days quicker than Jesper Olsen’s earlier circumnavigation.
On December 31, 2011, Tom began in Sydney at the Opera House, heading east until he arrived back in Sydney, crossing the Rockies, the Andes and deserts like the Nullarbor, while raising money for Oxfam, a global movement of people who are fighting inequality to end poverty and injustice.
“I was lucky enough to have a support crew accompanying me for the duration of my journey. My wife, Carmel “drove the course”, transporting our gear and providing me with drinks and food when necessary. Carmel also chronicled the trip with her amazing photography.
I followed the guidelines for running around the world that are implicit in Jesper Olsen’s World Run 1 – the first undisputed and fully documented run around the world – which he completed in 2005. These guidelines are the basis for the official world record for the “Fastest Circumnavigation of the Earth on Foot”, as administered by the World Runners Association, the international governing body for the sport of multi-day journey running.
Fellow world runners like Tony Mangan, Jesper Olsen, Rosie Swale Pope, and Kevin Carr are like-minded people with a similar taste for adventure and a clear love of being out on the road – not just seeing the ever-changing countryside, but hearing and smelling it too, and all at a pace which allows you to really appreciate the experience.”
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