Sep 2, 2015

There was certainly a positive reaction to the mentioning of a possible second world run. Anyhow, that’s a long way off yet. More immediately I have the ultra in Florida, which is looking close to certain now.

For those interested, it’s the Icarus Ultrafest, which includes a 6 day, 48 hour, 24 hour, and 12 hour race. I’ll be doing the 12 hour version, as my recent training is more attuned to the shorter event. The six day option is the same race that Jesper Olsen won last year. He’ll be a big chance again this year.

In fact, all four current members of the World Runners Club (those whose world runs have been officially ratified by the World Runners Association) have been invited to the Ultrafest for the purpose of making a documentary. Kevin Carr, like Jesper, will also be running the 6 day event. Tony Mangan will be helping out with support crew duties. It will be the first time we’ve all met together in person. The festival itself takes place during the second week of November.

The photo for today is from just north of Wellington, the capital of NZ. The shot is looking north at Kapiti Island in the South Taranaki Bight, on the west coast of the North Island.




On This Day


Sep 2, 2012

Distance today = 56.04 km; Total distance = 10,988.53km; Location = Cave City, Kentucky – 37 08.101′ N, 85 58.295′ W; Start time = 0816, Finish time = 1655


It’s duck season; no, it’s wabbit season: it’s duck season; wabbit season; wabbit season; it’s duck season!!!! And poor Daffy cops it again.

Yes, it is duck season, and today I passed a whole field of guys in their fatigues, firing sporadically at ducks. The field was only about a big as four football pitches, and it was a touch scary having these guns going off within a hundred metres of me. I still fail to understand why anyone would want to kill animals for pleasure!

It was also very wet – the wettest day since the floods of Duluth back in mid June. This was the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. At least the day was much cooler because of it. I passed the Mammoth Cave National Park this afternoon. I assume mammoth remains have been found in these parts.

It was one of those days when I crossed both a meridian (86W) and a parallel (37N). I am now further east than I’ve ever been on the run so far.


Sep 2, 2013

Distance today = 50.65 km; Total distance = 25,769.05 km; Location = Cootamundra, NSW (14 km west of) – 34 42.762’ S, 147 55.207′ E; Start time = 0828, Finish time = 1633


It was another day of perfect weather and more visitors on the road.

I started the day with an interview with ABC Wagga, which resulted in lots of waves from those who heard it on their radios.

I passed through Junee and Illabo, where Carmel met me with a pie. Soon after, David from Wagga, who had heard the interview that morning, decided to drive out for a run with me. Thanks David.

Very soon after that, Kate, Tony, and Sue Day met us on the road. They had driven from Sydney so that Kate could run with me. She ran the last 17 km or so, on a course I ran in 2009 as part of my Melbourne to Sydney run. I was feeling much stronger today than I did on that occasion.

Kate will continue running with me tomorrow, as I head through Cootamundra and on to Harden. Hopefully the weather and idyllic landscape continues.