Going the distance for Oxfam -
More than 600 marathons in 600 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 will run the equivalent of 622 marathons in as many days, possibly creating a new world record for the “Fastest Circumnavigation of the Earth on Foot”. He will run on five continents and visit up to 20 countries.
Tom started at the Sydney Opera House with his first “warm-up” leg, taking him to Bondi Beach on New Year’s Eve. He has completed the first three 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. Tom is currently in Europe running from Lisbon to Istanbul.
“My motivation to take on this challenge is two-fold. I want 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 am 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 he has most enjoyed running so far have been over the Andes from Chile into Argentina, along the rim of Grand Canyon, and through Monument Valley in Utah. He is also looking forward to running across the Nullarbor on his final leg, back home through Australia.
“Most people, when they travel, only see a very small part of the world around them. I’ll be doing it all at a much slower pace, not just seeing the ever-changing countryside, but hearing and smelling it too.”
Tom’s wife, Carmel, will be acting as support crew. She will be chronicling the journey through photographs, and updating social media.
Throughout the adventure, Tom will share his location through the use of a GPS tracker and will be regularly blogging and using social media to share his stories and photos each day in real time.
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