— The Route —
Stage by stage details
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What rules to follow to qualify for a world run?
The World Runners Association (WRA) is the body that validates around-the-world journeys.
Six people have, to date, succesfully run the world.
- The rules of the WRA entail running a minimum distance of 26,232km which equates the sum of the maximal width of all continents.
- This must be run in a continuous direction and by crossing a minimum of 4 continents from Ocean to Ocean.
- The run also must finish where it started.
I have elected to run these 26,232km across Europe, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America and North Africa.
Details of my run
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CABO DA ROCA
From Portugal (Cabo Da Roca) to Turkey (Bosphorus)
(7,806km, Dec 2019 – Jul 2020)
The first continent crossing is Europe. The run starts in Cabo Da Roca, Portugal, the most Western point of Europe.
Tom Denniss previously started his European crossing from this point. This is fitting to my journey, as I will start in December and try to avoid extreme cold temperatures found further North in Europe at this time of year. I will follow the coastal route of Portugal, Spain, Southern France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Greece and finish the run in Turkey, where the Bosphorus marks the junction between Europe and Asia.
*Covid19 Update: the itinerary in Europe is being extended as it is currently impossible to enter South East Asia or Australia. From Greece, instead of going straight towards Istanbul, I will instead run north towards Berlin then south-east towards Istanbul – for an expected finish in March 2021.
From Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) to Singapore
(400km, Aug 2020)
I will then cross the Malay Peninsula, from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. This does not qualify as a continent crossing and I include this section in my run for the main purpose of visiting a place dear to me, where I lived for 7 years and lots of my friends are based, Singapore.
From Perth to Port Macquarie
(5,092km, Aug 2020 – Jan 2021)
The second continent crossing is Australia and probably the most daunting of the whole journey. I will be running from Cottesloe on the West coast of Perth, to Port Macquarie on the Eastern side. The route involves some long segments of desertic and unpopulated land, which will require some support. Carrying enough water and food to go through these long stretches alone would be possible but very challenging.
New ZealandNEW ZEALAND
From Invercargill to Auckland
(1,758km, Jan 2021 – Mar 2021)
The next stage will be a run across New Zealand from South to North. Similarly to the Malay Peninsula portion, this part of the run does not qualify as a continent crossing. NZ has been on my to-go list for a long time and this is my best chance to discover this beautiful faraway land from end to end.
North AmericaUNITED STATES
From Seattle to New York
(6,019km, Mar 2021 – Sep 2021)
The third continent crossing is North America. Starting from Seattle, I will follow a route oscillating between the US and Canada and intend to finish at City Island, NY on the East Coast.
From Chile to Uruguay
(3,486km, Sep 2021 – Dec 2021)
The fourth and final continent crossing is South America. Starting South of Chile in Acund, I will work my way North towards Valparaiso, then cross the Andes towards Argentina, finishing my run in Montevideo Uruguay.
North Africa & Europe FinishPORTUGAL
CABO DA ROCA
From Agadir (Morocco) to Portugal (Cabo da Roca)
(1,680km, Dec 2021 – Jan 2022)
I will then set foot in Africa, for a short crossing of Morocco, to rally Gibraltar via Tangiers. A final leg in Portugal will take me back to finish where I started, in Cabo da Roca Portugal.
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