— World Run —
Who am I & What was the World-Run about
My Run around the world!
— Welcome to my website
On December 6th 2019 I started the biggest adventure of my life: a run around the world!
This has been an incredibly exciting 2 and 1/2 years journey, of almost 700 marathons, which I shared everyday on this website (links to my daily GPS records, blog posts, pictures and videos).
This ridiculously long run answered a deep rooted desire to experience the world physically combined with a passion for running and the outdoors.
Running around the world has been an expression of my freedom, my joy of being alive as well as an answer to my curiosity and craving for adventure.
I also committed to support a cause very close to my heart throughout the journey, in the hope it may serve as an inspiration.
Who is Lootie?
— And what’s with all the running!
I am a 45 y-old French woman, amateur runner, hopping around the world for the past 20+ years. I have settled in Scotland, Germany, England, Switzerland, Greece and Singapore.
With an academic background in finance and law combined with fluency in 4 languages, I have spent my whole career in foreign countries and cultures.
In 2004, whilst posted on a work assignment in Greece, I met friends who initiated me to windsurfing and running. That same year I watched the Olympic Marathon pass right outside my office and 4 months later ran my first marathon.
I have ventured into long distance running ever since, with an appetite to see the world on my feet (specifically in my running shoes). A few years ago the idea formed to put my career as a CFO on hold for a few years. See it all, first hand, experience the Earth one step at a time!
How many people have run around the World?
In order to validate my run as a true “run around the world”, I followed the rules established by the WRA (World Runners Association). The WRA was founded, and is managed by, the very few runners who have run and validated such journeys.
On 1st September 2022, I became the 7th person to have completed a fully documented and validated round-the-world run. See the full list below:
Details of my run
The rules of the WRA (World Runners Association) entail running a minimum distance of 26,232km in a continuous direction, crossing a minimum of 4 continents from Ocean to Ocean and finishing the run where it started.
I had elected to run these 26,232km across Europe, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America and North Africa. Unfortunately, with Covid entering the journey 3 months after the start, I had so many delays I ended up cutting the "non compulsory" parts of the run, ie: the South East Asia, Africa and New Zealand partial crossings.
My run was 75% solo and unsupported, meaning I carried my equipment across the continents (Europe and North Amercia, 21,000km). I used the BoB (Beast of Burden) Ironman stroller to carry my camping gear, electronic equipment, food, water and running gear. This represented around 30kg which I pushed all the way.
For the remaining 7,250km across South America and Australia, my friend James accompanied me, driving a motorhome and riding his bicycle. It meant I no longer had to carry my equipment and ran with a light backpack containind water, GPS and satellite tracker only.
AROUND THE WORLD
I set out to run at a pace of roughly 40km per day, taking 1 rest day per week.
I spent two years (2018 & 2019) training for the journey. My objective, prior to the start, was to get my tendons, joints, muscles, bones, accustomed to the load they would be required to bear daily over the next two years. Typically on weekdays, I ran to work or back (20km a day). On weekends and holidays, I ran a marathon a day, sometimes for up to 8 days in a row.
Why run for Women?
As a woman who grew up in a Western culture in the 80’s and 90’s, I am now enjoying an adult life (mostly) free of gender bias.
I have received an education, carved a successful career for myself and relish a life where every decision I make is my own.
My desires, dreams and decisions are neither dictated, nor restricted by my gender.
I wish this could ring true to every woman, in every corner of the world.
My Grand’Ma has been the most notable influence in my life. She was a strong-minded independent woman who dedicated most of her life to the feminist movement and literature.
Her example taught me determination, curiosity, assertiveness and the confidence to choose my own path.
— An independent mind & dedicated Feminist
- Born in 1913, Yolande grew up between Swiss-Italy (Ascona) and France (Paris).
- She studied Chemistry at Paris Sorbonne University, where she graduated and pursued research work in a laboratory.
- When WWII broke, her husband was made PoW, she left Paris for the province, where she worked as a primary school teacher.
- She returned to Paris in 1943 with her young family.
- In 1964, she became director of the Feminist Library of Paris (Bibliotheque Marguerite Durand).
- In 1975, International Women’s Year, she organised a popular series of conferences as well as the exhibition on Feminism in Literature, in Paris.
- A voracious reader and a fierce feminist, she contributed to many pieces of work and research on Feminism until the end of her life.