Going the distance for Oxfam –
622 marathons in 622 days!
Australian Tom Denniss officially started the first leg of his 26,232 km run around the world on 31 December 2011.
To raise money for Oxfam, Tom ran the equivalent of 622 marathons in as many days, creating a new world record for the “Fastest Circumnavigation of the Earth on Foot”. He ran on five continents and visited 20 countries.
Tom started at the Sydney Opera House with a “warm-up” leg, taking him to Bondi Beach on New Year’s Eve. He completed the first four legs of the run – the length of New Zealand, and across the continents of North America and South America, from the Pacific to Atlantic Oceans in each case, Europe, from Lisbon to Istanbul and along the coast of Malaysia, in just 17 months. Tom then ran the final leg across Australia from Perth to Sydney.
“My motivation to take on this challenge was two-fold. I wanted to raise money for a worthwhile charity, while also experiencing a once in a lifetime adventure,” Tom said. “I chose Oxfam to support because, as I was running around the world, I wanted a charity that assisted, not just those in Australia, but people from all parts of the globe”.
Tom, who is the founder of Oceanlinx, a renewable energy company, said the places in which he most enjoyed running were over the Andes from Chile into Argentina, along the rim of Grand Canyon, and through Monument Valley in Utah. Tom also found the run across the Nullarbor in Australia a truly impressive experience.
“Most people, when they travel, only see a very small part of the world around them. I did it all at a much slower pace, not just seeing the ever-changing countryside, but hearing and smelling it too.”
Tom’s wife, Carmel, acted as his support crew throughout the odyssey. She also chronicled the journey through photographs, and updated social media.
Throughout the adventure, Tom shared his location through the use of a GPS tracker and regularly blogged and used social media to share his stories and photos each day in real time.
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