The Run The World Global 52-week Challenge has finished. The team logged 122,123 miles or 335.5 daily. Michael Wardian was first American and Kenyan's Eliud Esinyen ran the most miles averaging 15.7 miles daily logging 5,738
Run The World Global Challenge is a world-wide celebration of running. The program was started by Bob Anderson one year ago, July 4, 2018. Since that time 281 runners around the world ran or walked and then logged 122,123 miles. This equals 335.5 miles daily or 2,348 miles weekly for 52 weeks which equals 4.9 times around the world.
"One of the key reasons we started this program," says creator Bob Anderson, My Best Runs and Runner's World magazine founder, "was to motivate people, bring together runners from all over the world and to run miles all over the world."
That all happen. Runners from 20 countries participated, miles were run in 75 countries and it certainly motivated many runners to run more miles than they were running.
53-year-old James Kalani had not run much over the last few years and then he entered the RTW Challenge. After getting in good shape over several months, he started pushing it for Challenge #5 which started March 31. Over the last 94 days he has run and logged 1536 miles. That's 114 miles weekly. It was not just covering miles, many were quality. On June 16 he ran 30.6 miles at an average pace of 6:41 per mile.
Before the RTW Challenge creator Bob Anderson was running on average 20 miles weekly. "I got so motivated by this challenge," says Bob. "I looked forward to running not just one time daily but many times twice. I took a photo everyday and posted it in our Runner's Feed. I also read every post and commented on each for the whole year. I have been running since 1962 and have run nearly 1,000 races. I am an addicted runner but I needed something new and this was it."
In the end Bob averaged 5 miles daily or 35 miles weekly. With the added miles he also improved his racing performance. He ran 7:54 pace for 10k and placed third 70 plus at the London 10,000 in May. A race with nearly 20,000 runners.
The RTW Challenge team did some amazing things during the year. 69-year-old Brent Weigner lives in Cheyenne Wyoming but many of his 2036 miles were run outside of the United States. In fact Brent ran miles in 30 different countries.
The most miles were run and logged in the United States. The top five countries were: United States (64,899 miles), Kenya (24,066 miles), Palau (8,242 miles), India (7,423 miles) and South Africa (6,765). The amazing story here is that the little country of Palau has less that 22000 inhabitants. Their team leader Aaron Salvador logged 1,584 miles himself and encouraged his team to run and log.
The team leader for South Africa, Liz Dumon, is the key reason why her country placed fourth. She herself ran and logged 1000 miles. Liz encouraged people to sign up. In fact our youngest members were twins she recruited along with mom and grandma. The 7-year-old twins Jonathan (logged 118 miles) and his sister Michelle (logged 100 miles) had loads of fun and posted regularly in the Runners Feed. Their dogs joined in on the fun too. (Third photo of twins with Grandma)
Their 56-year-old grandma (Johanna Fourie) logged 672 miles and placed 10th for females. Right behind her was mom (Erika Fourie) with 625 miles.
Who said age is just a number? The top three overall females were 65 plus. Placing first was 68-year-old Kat Powell (USA). She logged 1271 miles. Not far back was 69-year-old Linda Robinson (USA) with 1145 miles followed by 65-year-old Carmella DiPippa (PW) with 1040 miles. Sixth female was 71-year-old Karen Galati (USA) who logged 835 miles.
On the men's side there were so many stars. 35-year-old Kenyan Eliud Esinyen averaged 15.7 miles daily or 110 miles weekly (second photo). Many days he ran three times daily. On April 21 he ran a marathon on a tough course at high altitude clocking 2:22:46 which is 5:27/mile pace. On January 27 he ran a 10k clocking 31:05. Eliud logged the most with 5,738 miles.
Kenya's team leader Willie Korir (27) placed second overall with 5195 miles. He also posted images regularly in the Runners Feed along with comments. He also wrote several stories for My Best Runs Running News Daily column including finding inside information about the king of the marathon, Eluid Kipchoge.
The first American and third overall was 45-year-old Michael Wardian with 3618 miles (frist photo). This ultra star pulled off many amazing feats during the year. Most recently on June 29 he ran 89.9 miles around Washington DC. On May 4th he ran 62.14 miles at 7:14/mile average pace in Sacramento. He ran the Big Sur Marathon in 2:35:18 making the podium. He had run the Boston Marathon a little faster (2:33:23).
In March he travelled to Israel and posted the fastest known time on the 631-mile Natoinal Israel Trail. He covered this distance in 10 days, 16 hours and 36 minutes. Earlier he not only ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days (winning hem all) he tacked on three marathons when he got home. That's ten marathons in ten days. He is the complete runner with a wide range. On Feb 10th he ran a 5k in 17:01.
"Michael is one amazing versatile runner and we were happy when he decided to join our team," says Bob Anderson.
Second American and fifth overall was 75-year-old Frank Bozanich who logged 3523 miles. Frank has run many ultra races over the years and have won many. Lots of these miles were not real fast compared to what he has done before. But on July 30th last year he ran 20 miles in Reno in two hours and 43 minutes. That is an 8:09/mile pace.
Finishing in seventh place is 72-year-old Paul Shimon who logged 2835. Like so many of our team, Paul had to deal with a lot of bad weather in Kansas during the winter. But he layered up and got in the miles.
Michael T Anderson (61) placed eighth overall logging 2,798 with lots of fast times along the way. He has run over 130,000 miles in his lifetime so far. On June 8th he ran 19:13 for 5k in Atlanta where he lives. On April 28 he clocked 39:25 for 10k.
"The fastest runner on our team was Joel Maina Mwangi," says Bob Anderson. This 34-year-old Kenyan placed 13th overall with 1953 miles logged. On March 10 he ran a 30:14 10k in Torino Italy. He ran sixth half marathons under 1:05. His fastest was run in Aosta, Italy were he clocked 1:02:50 on September 30.
"There are as many amazing stories," says Bob Anderson. "I am glad our event is helping motivate runners all over the world. I am looking forward for year two."
What's next? Run The World Global Challenge #6 will be a 10-week program. There is no entry fee. You just need to have a My Best Runs (the sponsor of this program) account and sign up.
posted Wednesday July 3rd