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Run The World Challenge 6 just ended Tuesday September 10. The ten week challenge attracted many runners and miles were logged in 14 countries.
The idea of the challenge, which was started by lifetime runner Bob Anderson, is to run or walk and then log all your miles on the My Best Runs website. Many participants also posted a photo and comments every day like James Kalani and several others in the Run The World Feed. A total of 11,660 miles were logged during the ten weeks by the team. That is 166 miles daily.
James Kalani finished first with 1329 miles run and logged over the periiod which started July 3, 2019. 35-year-old Eliud Esinyen from Kenya was second with 1181 miles. 74-year-old Frank Bozanich finished 4th with 773 miles and Rosaline Nyawira from Kenya was first woman with 744 miles.
James started running at birth. "My mother says. I have always run. But due to chronic bronchitis and asthma, as well as numerous allergies, I was limited to how long I could run as a juvenile," James says.
In high school, he would run a sub five minute mile every few days, but couldn't be on the track team because he could not practice daily.
"I started jogging as an adult. When I went back to college as an adult for 15 years, running was a stress relief and a necessity. I would ramp up running from 10 to 20 miles in just a couple of months and would be marathon ready in a few months," James continued.
He ran sub-3 hour marathons at one point.
He has always taken breaks from serious running.
"I do what time, attitude, and my mind and body dictate. I tend to be hard on my body while running. I think I have overcome a lot of those pitfalls however. I know I can't compete and be happy all the time."
"Running makes me happy and to compete takes some joy out of it. I guess that makes me a bit of a soul runner. I just love to run and it's cheaper than therapy."
He set a goal to average 20 miles per day for this challenge. He did not make 20 but was not far from it. So how did he average over 130 miles per week?
"Since I work early morning, I am home in the early afternoons. I regulated my diet (that is a huge part). I literally snack a lot. Making sure I am over 5000 calories per day. I started yoga and meditation as a run ritual before and after as well as foam rolling and icing.
"Then I rest for awhile and then I do a shot of Irish whiskey daily to get my blood sugar back up so I could continue to move after a run.
"I used this challenge to push myself to find my threshold in running, something that competitive running can't do for me.
"I now love variations of runs - hills, mountains, trails, and streets. Believe it or not, streets gives me a great chance to not become mesmerized during your run. It makes you keep your head on a swivel...
"Since I have never strayed from athletic activities or running, getting to my peak only takes months. It's all about how much you want something and learning how to listen to your body.
So how did your body hold up? "Mid-challenge, I started to have knee issues related to my IT Band... foam rolling, icing, rest, and changing running style got me through it. I am a firm believer in holistic medicine and this time I tried various things...
"CBD oil GREATLY helped with post-run swelling," he says.
You were running on an average of three hours everyday for 70 days. How did you handle your diet?
"I never stopped snacking. I eat one piece of fruit daily at work, a lot of grains, pasta (pasta 4-5 days per week), spinach... high carbs, relatively low proteins. Not a lot of meat and beans take the place of extra protein. I have found that eating colorful food (not much processed) makes a big difference too.
"Lots of nuts like sunflower, cashews, and almonds. Cheese is also my endurance choice."
So what do you think about this challenge?
"I love this challenge. This challege over the past year filled a hole or "need" in my life. The older I get, the more I like to test what I am capable of. Posting keeps my mind active on the goal. It's fun to turn on the run gps app, start running, snap a few pictures, and remember the run in detail.. doing that helps me recap runs and select the ones I loved to do again with small changes.
"I changed routes so many times living back in Los Gatos because I had been away from here for 23 years. I was like a kid in a candy store.. I was fueled by memories and locations of my youth. I ran 54 miles from San Francisco (Oyster Point) back to Los Gatos.. It is fun to look back on that... my first 50-miler...as well as my first 40 to Gilroy."
So what are your plans?
"I am getting back to races. I am taking on running for charity again, but with a twist. I have been trying to run with an altitude trainer mask so I can breathe through a mask. The better shape I get in I can also regulate my body temperature under a lycra body suit. Yes, a costume. I am using volunteer running to earn funds for childrens and veterans charities. I am also going to go back to training other runners."
On that note, what advice do you have for others?
"Run with a purpose.. run for fun, and run for the sheer joy of it. Regulate your diet.. take in lots of it.. but stay away from big meals. Stay hydrated. Work on breathing. Elevation variations are VERY important for strength and endurance. Mind the cross training (I run with a 20 pound vest a couple days a week). Calisthenics are your friend. Just keep moving, but know when to stretch, ice, and rest. Yoga and meditation helped me immensely.. make it a serious part of your daily routine (maintain flexibility). Never run on the same side of the road...it can lead to knee problems," says James.
James Kalani is one amazing runner.
"Our next ten week RTW challenge starts September 11 and we hope to better the miles we just covered," says Bob Anderson. There is no entry fee and there is no cost to have a My Best Runs account where the miles (k's) are logged.(09/10/2019) ⚡AMP
Run The World Global Challenge is a world wide celebration of running. RTWChallenge 8 started Jan 1, 2020 and will go the entire year with monthly winners. Here is he link for the official results of Run The World 52-Week Challenge. Congrats to all our participants. RTW Challenge #7 is a 16 week program starting September 11, 2019 and ending...more...
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 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 before.
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 ran 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 often I would run two or three times. 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 for a total of 1830 miles for the year. 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 22,000 inhabitants and placed third. 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 times 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 ran and 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 earlier a little faster clocking 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 them all) he tacked on three more 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 was 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 1,953 miles logged. On March 10 he ran a 30:14 10k in Torino Italy. He ran six half marathons under 1:05. His fastest was run in Aosta, Italy where 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 free My Best Runs (the sponsor of this program) account and sign up for Run The World.(07/03/2019) ⚡AMP
Run The World Global Challenge is a world wide celebration of running. RTWChallenge 8 started Jan 1, 2020 and will go the entire year with monthly winners. Here is he link for the official results of Run The World 52-Week Challenge. Congrats to all our participants. RTW Challenge #7 is a 16 week program starting September 11, 2019 and ending...more...
The third Run The World Challenge sponsored by My Best Runs (MBR) has finished. The team of 105 active runners, who ran and logged miles in 23 different countries, finished last night (January 5) in 68 days 17 hours and 18 minutes.
The event created by MBR Founder Bob Anderson is all about running and then logging in those miles, posting photos and comments in our runner’s feed to help motivate the team and inspire others. The team has to run/walk and then log in 24,901 miles (40,074k) to complete the challenge.
“This is the distance around the world,” says 71-year-old Bob Anderson who himself ran and logged 297 miles.
“Our team from around the world and ranging in ages from six to 74 did an amazing job,” says Bob. The team logged an average of 362 miles per day and the team had to stay focused for over two months. “With our busy lives that is not easy,” says Lisa Wall a team member.
34-year-old Eliud Lokol Esinyen from Kenya and running most of his miles in Eldoret logged the most miles with 1,298.59. He averaged 18.9 miles daily, many days he worked out three times. Finishing in second was 27-year-old Boaz Kipyego also from Kenya. However he spent about five weeks in Minnesota USA running and racing. He ran and logged in 1,129.41 miles.
First American was 74-year-old Frank Bozanich from Reno Nevada. The previous five time national champion at 50 miles and 100k ran and logged in 1,036.19, good enough for third place. “This is his third time around the world with us,” says Bob. “Many people say that age is only a number and certainly age is not stopping Frank. He told me he is running a lot slower these days because he has put a lot of miles on his body, however. Well done Frank, on an age-graded basis this has to be the best performance,” says Bob.
There were five male runners 70 plus in the top 31 places. In fact 72-year-old Paul Shimon placed sixth overall running most of his 893.06 miles in Winfield Kansas. Like many of the team he had to deal with a lot of issues including the cold, snow and darkness.
Super star Michael Wardian (photo top left) placed 8th overall and ran some of the best times including clocking 2:34:54 at the New York City Marathon. He also ran a tough 50-miler in Israel. He posted 651 miles for his third trip around the world with us. In a few weeks he is going after his world record he set in 2017 at the World Marathon Challenge. That’s running seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.
On the women side, ultra super star 48-year-old Gloria Nasr ran and logged 422.54 miles to place first female. Gloria lives in Paris, France. Some of her miles were also ran in Peru when she travelled there to run an Ultra (photo upper right). She has also run the six stage race through the desert of Morocco in the past.
In second place was Kenya’s Rosaline Nyawira who currently is living, training and racing in South Africa. She ran and logged 394.01 miles.
Third and first America woman was 71-year-old Karen Galati who logged in 223.88 miles. She ran most of her miles in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. As she wrote on her profile “Better late than never to this addicting sport.”
Miles run and logged in the top five countries were USA, Kenya, Palau, South Africa and India. The small country of Palau was in second place the first few weeks. The Run The World Challenge group there lead by Aaron Salvador have so much spirit. Most weekends they get together and run ten to fifteen miles. “You can always count on us to post photos and comments too,” says Aaron.
Our group from South Africa lead by Lize Dumon has just as much spirit. During the challenge Lize completed her first marathon and just got over 200 for the team. The Fourie family in South Africa has to get the top spirit award. The two kids (Michelle age 6 and Jonathan age 7), the mom (Erika) and grandma (Johanna) posted nearly every day and collectively logged in 455 miles. Even the dad joined in many days.
“This was not our best RTW performance but this one has to be our toughest with many challenges,” says Bob. “Many of our team had to deal with early cold and snow in the United States and Canada. Our runners in Palau had to deal with heavy rain and wind. In South Africa it was over 100 degrees many days. In California our runners had to deal with unhealthy air quality for two weeks because of the smoke from the wild fires. A majority of our team had to deal with shorter days and run in the dark. And on top of everything there were three major holidays during Challenge3.
”I am very proud of our whole team. It is hard to stay focused on something like this for over two months but we did it. We made it around the world. For many of us for the third time. There are so many more stories I want to share’” says Bob. “Well done team. Let’s do it again.”
Details for the next Run The World Challenge will be announced soon.(01/06/2019) ⚡AMP
Funny thing about running. A lot of it is solitary and we all thrive on being alone so its fine, at least part of the time. Meanwhile there isn’t much better than the camaraderie of a group or team run.
Conversations wax and wane and the personal bonds formed and memories made are often inseparable and indelible. The miles disappear, the pace quickens and the distance covered grows, it’s somehow invariably easier to be inspired to do more as part of a group.
It seems like we runners need a little of both; the quiet of running alone, lost in thought but with a good dose of runs on a team or with a friend or friends. Both have a place and are magical in their own special way.
Bob Anderson’s MyBestRuns hosts a periodic online event, repeated through the year, called Run the World Global Challenge and it fosters what we do alone and the joy in being connected while doing it.
Each event involves a hundred runners or so from all over the planet having signed up and committed to a cyber team effort to accumulate the running and walking mileage necessary to circumnavigate the 24,901 miles around the planet earth over a couple of months.
Participants post a daily (or in the case of some serious athletes, multiple times daily) run or walk, with a picture and little diary entry. I think most of the miles by all involved are solitary but all as part of the team effort to accomplish a goal bigger than any one of us.
It’s a unique, fascinating and inspirational use of social media. It has motivated me personally to do more, to be earnest in my efforts to rehabilitate my body following some personal health issues. There is a commitment, low key personal accountability, a real sense of achievement and camaraderie as words of encouragement and quiet competition creep in as we each do our part to collectively make it around the world.
The often lovely posts feature photographs of places run and selfies taken that somehow serve to enlighten and makes the world a smaller and more peaceful place, slightly reminiscent of the way world travel does.
I’m midway through my third trip around the world since July. I’ve contributed a total of about 500 miles, about the distance from my adopted home in New York City to my native eastern Maine.
This third team has already made it 8,850 miles in the first 25 days of running and walking (and posting). We’ve done enough to make it roughly from California to Europe and at our current average of about 350 miles per day we will have made it around again on about January 8th of the new year.
If so it will have taken us a total of 71 days, a good 9 days faster than Jules Verne imagined and fantasized about back in 1873. Go team!
(Editor’s note: Larry Allen is a 50 year runner and artist (self portrait) who currently is dealing with a health issue.
His wisdom and knowledge of our sport is impressive and this is why we asked him to regularly share his thoughts here - Larry Allen on Running. You can also follow Larry on our RTW Challenge feed.)(11/22/2018) ⚡AMP
I am Larry Allen. I am 64-year-old, a 50 year runner and doing the Run The World Challenge for the third time.
In 1965 I was living in Maine, Great Cranberry Island. A small, isolated, offshore island adjacent to a national park with only 80 residents. I started running there and achieved some success and in 2016 I was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame.
Running is very important to me. Without intending to overstate it, running fits right in with eating, brushing my teeth and sleeping. Obsessed is another word although I think over the years the obsession has been moderated to a healthier place.
My mental health depends on it to an extent. My creativity, well being, problem solving, peacefulness and certainly my ability to stay centered and in balance with life itself have always been better when I’m running.
"He is a New York City artist, who retired as the director of publishing for the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, “painted” in many different styles and left a truly remarkable body of work," a friend wrote.
I keep busy as an artist and as a part-time manager of the business affairs of my still very active wife Kristen Blodgette. She’s a professional musician, Musical Director, Conductor and Musical Supervisor, principally having been associated with Andrew Lloyd Webber for his Broadway and worldwide productions for over 30 years.
We live in New York City and in Fairfield County Connecticut. "Larry has run some impressive times over a wide range: 440 (51.7), 4:34 mile, 15:58 5k, 33:26 10k and a 2:46:20 marathon. He has directed many races, coached and written a lot about the sport.
When Larry turned 60 he wanted to run one more marathon," wrote Bob Anderson. I had a good year, a steady 60 miles per week. I was going to run Philly in November but about three weeks prior I tore a calf muscle severely and that was that. When I started running again about six weeks later I felt a profound fatigue and weakness that I didn’t recognize.
I assumed it was age but it was unsettling and very difficult. An old running friend and ER nurse saw the significant dip in my ability on a social media running tracking app and called me. She essentially did triage over the phone from 500 miles away and asked (told) me to immediately go the nearest walk-in clinic and to tell them she had sent me. After an EKG the doctor came into the exam room and said 'I don’t want to alarm you but you are in complete heart block and and we’ve called an ambulance.' I didn’t quite understand what heart block was but learned later that it was electrical in nature and not blocked arteries.
After emergency surgery suddenly I had a pacemaker. My cardiologist is Dr Paul Thompson, who in addition of being an esteemed physician is also an accomplished runner (15th at the 1976 Boston Marathon).
Dr. Thompson isn’t sure whether my heart block was as a result of damage done by a lot running for many years or a genetic predisposition or both but ironically he feels the strength of my heart and general health of the rest of my entire cardiovascular system as a result of years of running probably allowed me to survive the condition.
My goal today is to find the right clothes for a cold windy day and to run four miles in the woods. My goal for this week is to do it again on Friday and hopefully Sunday too. In between my goal is to briskly walk five or six miles on rest days and at a tempo that lets me recover enough to run the next day.
My goal this winter is to stay off the treadmill as much as I can and to get outside six days per week, to cover about 30 miles weekly and to enjoy every single mile. My goal for next spring is to be running the majority if not all of my miles. My goal for next summer and fall is to have it all be easier than it was this year. My goal for the year after that is to do another lap....and the same for every year.
(Editor's note: Larry's wisdom and knowledge of running is impressive and we are happy to announce that Larry will be contributing to My Best Runs on a regular basis - Larry Allen on Running. He also posts most days in the RTW Feed about his road to recovery.)(11/19/2018) ⚡AMP
The little country of Palau had a lot to celebrate after finishing 5th in the Run The World Global Run Challenge 2 that concluded October 12.
Palau's team leader Aaron Salvador posted in the RTW Feed, "This is now the fruit of our labors, those sweats, early morning runs, long runs and running under the rain/heat of the sun are all worth it."
He himself ran and logged 378 miles during the 44 day event. Miles ran and logged in Palau totalled 1,187. Team members only ran more miles in the countries of United States, Kenya, India and South Africa.
Palau is located in the western Pacific Ocean. There are mountain and sandy beaches on its east coast and grassy fields surrounded by palm trees in the north. Current population is just under 22,000. Aaron and team will be competing again in the up-coming RTW Challenge 3 starting October 29.
"Our team from around the world is being put together now," says Bob Anderson Team Caption. "We have runners of all abilities on our team. Current and past elite runners make up our team as well as runners who have just started running. All ages run and walk with us from age 11 to age 74."
34-year-old team member Carmen Gair from South Africa wrote, "RTW Challenge 2 motivated me to log more mileage than I have ever done before in a similar time frame. I can’t wait to see what Challenge 3 brings. Absolutely love being part of this wonderful running community."
62-year-old Kiranpal Singh Dhody from India will be participating for the third times says, "I love running for fitness...I try to push myself to get good timings in competitions and get podium finishes. The RTW Challenge helps me push myself."
RTW Challenge 3 starts October 29. It is easy to participate. Just run, race or walk and then log these miles (k's) into your My Best Runs account.
South Africa team leader Lize Dumon posted, "I haven't realized how precious this RTW community has become to me. It is like an extended running family...It has become a place where I learn so much about running from reading everybody's posts and a place of immense encouragement... bring on Challenge 3."
This event was created by 70-year-old Bob Anderson who founded Runner's World when he was 17 and published it for 18 years. "I hope you will join our team," says Bob. "Sign up by October 29 or join us along the way."(10/22/2018) ⚡AMP
Did you Know? Run The World Challenge 2 team members Becca Pizzi and Michael Wardian both ran the marathon (first woman and first man) that was run inside the Gillette Stadium in Boston September 29.
This 114 lap race was the first-ever marathon held entirely inside and on the field of an NFL football stadium.
Dave McGillivray (also a RTWC 2 team member) was the race director. "Dave's marathons are my absolute favorite and his DMSE support team is second to none," says Becca.
A ton of funds were raised for the New England Patriots Foundation helping the homeless...Both Becca and Michael have signed up for the RTW Challenge 3 team.
Run The World is an event created by lifetime runner 70-year-old Bob Anderson. He ran 260 miles for challenge 2 and even through he did not complete anything close to what Becca and Michael did, he still doubled his normal weekly mileage. Many team members were also motivated to run more hitting milestones of 50, 100, 200 or more miles before we finished.
"The finish line of the RTW Challenge is when our team have logged 24,901 miles," says Bob Anderson. It took 44 days 18 hours and 29 minutes to complete the task this time.
Runners age 11-74 ran miles in 24 different countries. In the little country of Palau 1,187 miles were logged. 74-year-old Frank Bozanich ran and logged 801 miles in the 44 days. There are so many amazing stories.
What has become really popular and a good motivator is the Run The World Feed. Many team members post notes and photos daily for other members to leave comments.
"I read every post and look at every photo and comment on each one," says Bob. "I started this with Challenge 1 and found this was a good motivator."
Lize Dumon in South Africa wrote, "The RTW community is very precious to me. It is like an extended running family, a safe place to share everything running."
RTW Challenge 3 starts October 29. The Challenge will help get you in better shape so you can reach your goals. This can be a tough time of the year to get out the door. We will help each other. Sign up today and join our team.(10/15/2018) ⚡AMP
"We have finished," says Lize Dumon (photo) a RTW Challenge 2 team member from South Africa, "Great achievement! But this morning, going out for my run just felt that little bit harder. I haven't realized how precious this RTW community has become to me. It is like an extended running family, a safe place to share everything running without rolling eyes and sighs from non-runners. It has become a place where I learn so much about running from reading everybody's posts and a place of immense encouragement! I don't want to leave this place... bring it on Challenge 3!"
Run The World Global Run Challenge is a global event celebrating running, motivating the team, inspiring others and completing the goal. The 131 member RTW Challenge 2 team ran and logged miles in 24 countries reaching a total of 24,901 miles in 44 days 18 hours 29 minutes.
"This event is a real motivator. Many of our members (including me) ran many more miles than usual," says Run The World Challenge Team Caption, Bob Anderson. 34-year-old team member Carmen Gair from South Africa posted, "Thank you...for this amazing challenge...thank you...for motivating me to run more than double my usual mileage in this amount of time."
She ran and logged 151 miles in 44 days. Team members added this challenge to their existing goals and used the Challenge to further motivate them.
"Here are the special awards for our RTW Challenge 2 team," says Bob Anderson who reached 260.66 miles himself.
For Outstanding achievement: Frank Bozanich age 74 logged 801 miles...
Most Inspiring: Lize Dumon set her goal to reach 200 miles and she did that. She also motivated other team members in South Africa that she recruited to reach their goal as well...
Most Motivating: Aaron L. Salvador from the little country of Palau logged 377.99 miles, recruited others and posted a note and photo everyday...For
Best Performance: Willie Korir (second photo) from Kenya logged the most miles (993.88) which is an average of 22.5 miles per day. This is being shared with Joel Maina Mwangi also from Kenya who not only logged in 610.44 miles but he raced four half marathons during the Challenge period clocking 1:02:52, 1:03:19, 1:02:50 and 1:02:54...
Five Most Inspiring stories: based on their story posted on My Best Runs: (this award goes to the five who received the most views on My Best Runs) Joyce Lee (1178 views), Michael Wardian (851 views), Gloria Nasr (616 views), Joel Maina Mqangi (492 views), Pete Magill (400 views)...
Best Youngest performance: Zander Brister age 11 logged 16.32 miles. He ran one mile in Hollister clocking 6:19 and he also averaged 7:42/mile pace at the Pacific Grove Double Road Race 15k...
Best Oldest performance: Frank Bozanich age 74 logged 801 miles. Shared with 71-year-old Paul Shimon who logged 655.37 miles...
Top Fifteen Spirit awards: (Based on posts on the RTW Feed) Aaron L Salvador, Michael Anderson, Brent Weigner, Danilo Purlia, Larry Allen, Asya Cabral, Lize Dumon, Roger Wright, Geoffrey Smith, Carmen Gair, Annie Conneau, Joseph Brazil, Vince Martignetti, Marnie Margolis, Willie Korir...
Best Single Run: Michael Wardian when he ran 184.5 miles in 36 hours 48 minutes 14 seconds on the C&O Canal Trail...
Notable Mentions: Boaz Kipyego logged 788.61 miles and came to the United States and placed fourth at the Twin City Marathon. Rosaline Nyawira was first female logging 454.37 miles. Brent Weigner (69) has been running races every weekend including running a marathon in another country Sri Lanka. He logged 258 miles. James Kalani has gotten back into running (this challenge motivating him) and has already run 4 miles at 5:33 pace. He logged 252 miles.
Ultra marathon star Gloria Nasr from France logged 237 miles. Rosaura Tennant ran both the Berlin and Chicago marathon during this Challenge. Becca Pizzi was first woman in the marathon run inside a NFL stadium in Boston...
"Everyone is a winner on our team," says Bob Anderson. "I can't wait to do this again." RTW Challenge 3 start Oct 29.(10/13/2018) ⚡AMP
On Friday evening, 17 runners participated in the first full and half marathon around the home turf of the New England Patriots.
It was also the first marathon run entirely inside a NFL stadium. Participants in the half marathon ran just over 59 laps on the warning track surrounding the turf, while the full marathon participants ran 118 laps.
The course is USA Track & Field (USATF) certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier. Runners enjoyed special appearances by Patriots cheerleaders and the end zone militia, in-stadium music, motivational videos on the HD video boards and other entertainment throughout the evening.
“We are thrilled to be hosting our first marathon inside Gillette Stadium,” said Josh Kraft, president of the New England Patriots Foundation.
“This is a really unique opportunity and this event will help us raise critical funds for the New England Patriots Foundation to benefit homeless shelter programs throughout the region.”
The race was directed by Dave McGillivray who also is the Boston Marathon race director. 44-year-old Michael Wardian placed first clocking 2:49:26. Michael had also won the marathon held inside Fenway Park a few months ago.
Becca Pizzi was the first woman clocking 3:49. Both are also participating in the second Run The World Global Run Challenge and these miles bring Michael’s total to 384 miles run and logged since August 29. He is currently in 7th place. The team is running and logging enough miles to circle the globe (24,901 miles).(09/28/2018) ⚡AMP
Joel maina Mwangi was born in a small village of Thika town, about one hour outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Joel says, "I was raised up in a difficult situation. Eating was 50-50 but by the grace of God i was sponsored for secondary education."
Today the 33-year-old Joel is married and has two boys. "I always work hard to raise my boys in a good and better environment than i got," he says. "My school was 6km from home and I used to run to school for eight years (6-14) to avoid being late...otherwise I would be punished."
In 1998 he took part in a 10000m and won it. "My sport teacher noticed I could run," Joel remembers. "He encourage me to start training and from there I started training every morning before school." He did not stop there.
"I was the king of athletics." Joel is now a professional runner. "Racing sustain me and my family. It has enabled me to build a house and travel." Running has given him the opportunity to travel to different countries.
"My first trip abroad was to Belgium. i stayed there for one and half month. I had a difficult time because i was not in good condition. I came back home with 10€ ($15). That day I will never forget. I lost money but I learned a lesson."
Asked what is his secret to success Joel says, "I believe even if you are in good shape but mentally weak, I will defeat you. So I always tell my running mates to be strong mentally to conquer." He has been training in Austria, Hungary and now Italy. He says this about Italy.
"Despite its low altitude I like it. The advantage for me is because I complete in many races and train with Italian runners here." He runs for the Dinamo Running Club. Asked why he joined the Run The World Challenge for a second time. "I like it...it motivates me. It brings runners from different corners of the world together. It helped me a lot this season as I worked more to try to be the leader. But Korir managed to be the leader for Challenge 1. Due to that...I will sponsor Willie Korir for his start number and transport from wherever he will be within Kenya for the 2018 Nairobi marathon," he says.
Joel's personal records are: Marathon 2:14, 30kms 1:31, Half Marathon 1:01:16, 10km-28:26 (track), 5km 13:46, 3km 8:07 1-mile 4:06, 1km 2:28. "I am looking forward to be the best of the best. Don't tell me I am getting old..."old is Gold."
In the first Run The World Challenge Joel logged 511.36 miles placing him third. So far on Challenge 2 he has logged 224.9 miles and he is in fourth place. Most recently (September 9) he placed third at the Minski Half Marathon clocking 1:02:55. Photo: Joel (white jersey) running along side Charles Cheruiiyot Toroitich at the 2014 (Half) Marathon Solidarności in Poland. Joel clocked 1:01:16(09/12/2018) ⚡AMP
73-year-old Sheldon Gersh partiicipated in the first Run The World Challenge and has taken on the second one too. The Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley has worked there for 47 years, he loves to travel with his wife and one thing he always finds time to do is run.
So how did it all begin? He played soccer for Oregon and running was a necessity to survive the miles covered in practices and games. "In the off season I would run to stay fit," says Sheldon. "Once college was completed, I knew that I was going into the army and I needed to be very fit."
He handled army training well and says "it was a piece of cake." The summer before he entered the army, he ran with a high school cross country team which was ranked number one that year.
"I ran the years I was in the Army, including my adventure in Vietnam." Once he left the army he continued to run. "It made me feel so good. I thought about playing adult soccer but it was such a hastle to get together a team."
At the same time he had a friend that made him a bet that he had to finish in the top half and under an hour in his first Bay to Breakers road race in San Francisco. "I ran almost everyday plus played soccer with a team I coached," he remembers.
"I won the bet." For Sheldon running has the same priority as eating and sleeping. "Most people don’t look at it that way but I do. Running is extremely important to me, not much can prevent me from doing it, definitely not the weather," he says.
Two highlights? Running the Boston marathon back in the 70's and placing in the top 100 at the Bay to Breakers (12k) clocking 43 minutes. He also says, "I had a goal when I turned 60 to run a mile under six minutes.
A friend, Rich stiller trained me." Sheldon ran 5:47. He wants to continue running forever but says he "doesn't want to overdo it. I just think running makes you feel better. I look at so many people who look and act much older than me. I feel like they are my parents," he says.
He keeps fit by doing more than one activity a day. He also swims, does boxing and spins. "My long term goal is to continue running forever," says Sheldon Gersh.(08/31/2018) ⚡AMP
For the first half of Joyce Lee's life, the only sports she did was swimming and gymnastics. "I never would have thought in a million years I would come to enjoy running," says 37-year-old Joyce. In college she spent her summers teaching private swim lessons.
"I needed another form of exercise, so I turned to running since it seemed like a simple way of getting in some cardio. I didn't own any running sneakers so I just wore my gym shoes and set out to run for an hour in my hilly neighborhood. I had no idea how far I went, or what my pace was; the goal was to just keep moving," she remembers.
At first she was only using running to stay fit but that changed. "Running has been a multi-faceted way to maintaining my overall physical, mental and emotional health. Getting the heart pumping has an amazing way to bringing issues to the front of mind for me, and allowing for some creativity to work its magic.
I am able to sort out problems, formulate new ideas and work through painful patches of my life. Running has become an essential part of my life," Joyce says.
On Juanurary 1, 2013 she decided she would run at least a mile every day for a year. "I often like to fly by the seat of my pants and live with little planning, so this presented a very interesting challenge for me. Any sensible person would carve out time in their morning, wake up early and fit their daily run then, but that wasn't me.
In my first year, I flew over 75,000 miles across the Pacific and around the country for business, weddings and of course a handful of road races. The time zone changes, fatigue from travel, unpredictable weather, lack of facilities required me to get very creative with how I would fit my mileage in.
I have run on a cruise ship track, airport terminals, stairs, and even a hotel hallway on my birthday at midnight. I am now into my sixth year of running every single day," she says with pride.
She likes the idea of the Run The World Challenge and this is why she signed up. "It is a wonderful way for runners near and far to work together as a team, joined by their passion, to work towards a common goal. This is an awesome way for runners to socialize online and cheer each other on," says Joyce.
Recently she placed first in the 50 mile Run De Vous Ultra. "I was adequately heat trained from having served as crew and pacer at the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon in Death Valley, I was able to successfully run the entire 50 mile distance.
The heat reached as high as 101 degrees in Morgan Hill (California), but I was able to outrun the second place runner by over two hours. It felt incredible to cross the finish as first overall winner rather than first female, something I never imagined I'd ever experience. I'll never forget it," she says.
Some of her PR's include 20:02 for 5K, 1:34:20 for the half, 3:27:20 for the marathon and 29:41:23 for 100 miles.(08/29/2018) ⚡AMP
"I think the Run The World Challenge is really cool because I get to connect with people who are doing the same thing for different reasons, and people from around the world,” say Henry Ward who is doing the challenge for the second time.
The Run The World Global Run Challenge is all about running. It is a celebration of running. The challenge is a good motivator and many have said they have run more miles (k's) because of the challenge.
The challenge inspires others to start or re-start their running. The challenge is about setting a goal and completing it. “Our first team started on July 4 and 36 days 23 hours 13 minutes later our team of 175 (which is now the max size of a team) finished running and logging 24,901 miles (40,074K),” says team Caption, 70-year-old Bob Anderson who logged 189 miles.
“Our team ran miles in 30 different countries. The youngest on our team was 11 and the oldest 82 and I am proud of all of them.” Participants logged in as many as 797.37 miles down to 2.49 miles.
Run The World Challenge 2 starts Wednesday August 29. You can sign up at any time but once 175 people log at least a mile, our team is full. “Signing up is just the first step of the process,” says Bob Anderson.
“You are not on the team until you log your first mile.” For this challenge, we will be doing a celebration lap in Pacific Grove on September 30 at the Pacific Grove 10k and Double Road Race event.
“We encourage everyone to join us and come run one of our races too,” says Bob. Get signed up and logged your first mile starting Wednesday August 29 to make the team. The maximum size team is 175.
“We are running and logging enough miles to circle the globe,” says Michael Wardian who is doing the challenge for the second time. That is 24,901 miles. All ages and abilities are invited. Every mile count.
(Photo) Team members Bob Anderson, Lisa Wall and Owen Wall.(08/26/2018) ⚡AMP
RUN THE WORLD CHALLENGE: 41-year-old Victor Reynoso loves to run and to run races. He logged 157 miles in the first challenge and is anxious to get started again and do more.
He is a single dad with a 8-year-old daughter. "She is very smart and is my world, motivation and my little teacher," Victor says. Victor started running in 2000. He was invited to run with a group at the company and he got hooked right away.
He says, "Running makes me happy." He is an apprentice electrician, owns his own house and, "I love to spend my time off with my daughter and make new friends and share how I happy I am."
His range of distances starts with the 5k and goes up to 50k. His PR for 5k is 17:49, Half is 1:24, Full 3:10:57 and 50k is 4:11:08.
On July 28th he finished second overall and first master at the Urban ICT 50K posting his PR. That is 8:05/mile pace. What is his secret? "When your legs can't run anymore, run with your heart." Run The World Challenge 2 starts August 29.(08/22/2018) ⚡AMP
The Run The World Global Run Challenge 1 presented by My Best Runs started July 4, 2018. The goal was to run and log 24,901 Miles in the shortest posible time. "The mission was to celebrate running, motivate our team, inspire others and complete the challenge," says team caption Bob Anderson.
The team of 175 active runners finished in 36 Days 23 Hours and 13 Minutes on Thursday night August 9th at 11:13pm (PDT). "It was an amazing event and I can not wait until the next one starting August 29," says Geoff Smith (team member and two time Boston Marathon winner).
"Everyone on our team was a winner and deserve an award," says Bob Anderson. "Here are our special awards just announced today. Congrats to these winners and our entire team."
Outstanding achievement - Frank Bozanich age 74 logged 475 miles.
Most Inspiring - Aaron L. Salvador from the little country of Palau logged 296.4 miles and posted a comment and photo everyday. Shared with Geoff Smith who also posted a comment and photo everyday logged 240.5 miles (which is almost double what he was doing prior to the Challenge)
Most Motivating - Grace Padilla (US) logged 327.11 miles posted a comment and creative photo everyday. Grace who is 47 placed 11th overall and was first female.
Best Performance - Willie Korir from Kenya not only did he log the most miles (797.37) he also ran one of his workouts at 4:37/mile pace for 9.13 miles.
Five Most Inspiring stories - based on their story posted on My Best Runs: (this award goes to the five who received the most views on My Best Runs) Michael Wardian (1,677 views), Benn Griffin (1,461 views), Swetha Amit (1,431 views), Roy Pirrung (1,241 views) and Kiranpal Singh Dhody (1,088 views)
Most Inspiring Photo - Grace Padilla´s July 5th photo training on the track in Mammoth Lakes, California (featured photo).
Best Youngest performance - Owen Wall age 11 who logged 34.2 miles including running 8.1 miles in one day at 9:59 pace during his longest ever run. Shared with Elliot Daniels age 14 who ran and logged 184.45 miles and ran 5:47/mile pace for six miles in the Wharf to Wharf race in Santa Cruz, California.
Best Oldest performance - Libby James age 82 who logged 81.81 miles (rounds up to 82). Shared with 74-year-old Frank Bozanich who ran and logged in 475 miles.
Top Fifteen Spirit awards (based on coment and photo posted regularly that appeared on the Run The World Feed): Aaron L Salvador, Grace Padilla, Shawn Whalen, Michael Anderson, Brent Weigner, Danilo Purlia, Larry Allen, Rosaura Tennant, Asya Cabral, Kati Toivanen, Lize Dumon, Roger Wright, Abbey Cannon, Geoffrey Smith, and Pulkit Singh.
Best Single Run - Michael Wardian when we ran 100.5 miles in 30 hours 23 minutes to place 11th on July 21 at Hardrock 100.
Notable Mentions - Dave Mcgillivray logged 164.52 miles (Boston Marathon Director), Becca Pizzi logged 226.17 miles (Holds the record for running seven Marathons. Seven days on seven Continents), Liz Dumon had never run 150 Miles in 30 days before this challenge, Boaz Kipqego from Kenya logged 588.52 miles and placed second, JR Mintz (age 52) logged the most miles by an American with 480.86 miles, Paul Shimon (age 71) logged 390.71 miles placed 6th overall and was third American, Harpal Singh Gill was first runner from India logging 331.66 miles placing 10th overall, Sam Tada was first runner from Japan logging 237.30 miles placing 29th overall. Malin Andersson co-owner of World´s Marathons logged in 77.67 miles and Will Adams who logged 51.58 miles mostly all plogging (picking up trash while running).
Our next Run The World Global Run Challenge starts August 29. There is a $25 entry fee to help cover expenses unless you can not afford it and then it will be waived.(08/16/2018) ⚡AMP
The first ever Run The World team have run and logged enough miles to circle the Global. A team of 175 strong from around the world came together and not only covered 24,901 miles but they took the time to logged this many miles in 36 Days 23 Hours 13 Minutes.
The team ran miles in 30 different countries. The youngest person on the team was Owen Wall, age 11 and the oldest was Libby James, age 82. Willie Korir from Kenya logged the most miles with 797.37.
Grace Padilla from the US posted the most for females with 327.11 miles. The purpose of the Run The World Challenge was to celebrate running, motivate the team, inspire others and complete the goal.
“Our Mission was accomplished,” says Run The World team leader Bob Anderson. The next start date is August 29 and it is hoped this record will be broken.(08/10/2018) ⚡AMP
RUN THE WORLD: Benn Griffin parents were runners. "My parents went on running dates in the 80s," says Benn. "I guess that was the start of me. Growing up I ran on the weekends with my mom and dad, usually three miles, and I did a 5k or two," he says.
The movie Forrest Gump came out when he was in third or fourth grade. "Everyone called me Forrest because I could just run and run and run." Running defines him. He has run every day since December 28, 2012.
"I believe that running is a universal sport that crosses geographic, political, economic, spiritual, and physical boundaries. It unites us. Anyone can do it. For the most part I just like to run," says Benn.
He has run races as short as a mile and as long as 72 hours (188 miles). He has run 91 marathons and ultras. "In May I won the open division in a 12 hour ultra. It was my sixth time at that race, I'm a creature of habit."
He does not think there is a secret to success. "It's just relentless hard work, persistence, mixed with a little bit of stupidity," he says.
Benn started the ultrarunning community in the Berkshires and is a ultra race director. "Together with two friends we started with just three races, but then I added two more, so it's a five race summer series."
Benn is a cross country coach and a sixth grade geography teacher. A highlight of his coaching was watching his girls have two undefeated seasons in 2015 and 2017. He teaches at a low income charter school where 92% of the students are first generation college students.
"My sister and father are educators, as were my paternal grandparents and my aunt. So you could say, like running, it's in the blood." Running is something that grounds him and helps him self-medicate.
"My favorite quote of all time comes from a guy named Marc Davis: "All it takes is all you got." We already have everything we need to be successful. We just have to tap into it and unlock that potential," says Benn Griffin who has already logged in 309.65 miles for the Run The World Global Run Challenge that started July 4.(08/08/2018) ⚡AMP
The Run The World Challenge is one of the longest running events on the planet. “Our team will log in enough miles to circle the world, that is 24,901 miles,” says team leader Bob Anderson.
A team can not be no larger than 200 active runners. “Our team needed members to run miles in at least 20 different countries (we have logged in miles in 29 countries). We also had to at least have one runner in each age group (14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39,40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80 plus). We met all these Run The World Challenge standards,” says Bob.
The goal was to do this in 30 days. “What we did not know is that with a team this size, things happen, injuries, work and family situations, life challenges, or just running out of time to log. So after 30 days our team has logged in 19,600 miles,” Bob says.
This team is 78.7% of the way around the globe. “Our team of 163 active runners are amazing.” Willie Korir from Kenya is the leader and has been running two to four times per day to login his 630 miles.
That is 21 miles per day. Jen Baylis from the US has logged in 465.34 miles with Grace Padilla right behind her with 464 miles. 25 members of the team has logged in 200 miles or more. 45 have logged 150 miles or more and 85 a hundred or more.
“One of our team members, Michael Wardian (photo) logged in 100.5 miles in one day. No, we are not finished. We are not finished until we reach 24,901 miles,” says Bob. Maybe during the next challenge a team will reach 24,901 miles in 30 days. The next Run The World Challenge starts August 29.
“In the meantime we are continuing until we reach our goal. We are hoping to reach it within 40 days or in ten more days,” says Bob Anderson.(08/02/2018) ⚡AMP
RUN THE WORLD: Henry Ward has been sober since November 17, 2008 and after his son was born in March of 2012 he noticed he was becoming squirrelly.
"Even though I wasn't drinking or using," Henry says. "I became restless. Sort of like a dry drunk. I knew I needed to do something."
He was going to visit a friend and Henry asked what they were going to do. "My friend was thinking about running a 8k race. He said he would run if I did. I said sign me up! I didn't even know how far an 8k was," Henry remembers.
"I hated every step of that race, and vowed never to run again. Every time a runner past me, I was angry. I honestly wanted to trip or elbow all runners I saw. But when I finished, I received a glass medallion. I also had a feeling that I will never forget. A feeling of accomplishment, and happiness, that prompted me to seek out another race as we drove back to my friend's house." Henry signed up for another 5k the following weekend and then a 4 miler. He was hooked. Henry is from Boston and currently lives in Tempe, Arizona. He is married and has a 6-year-old son.
"Family is always first, running comes second," he says. He is a chef by trade. "I get to sweat, lift things and log 30,000 steps at work alone! Plus eat! I love to eat. I eat 4000 calories a day," Henry says.
"I run to survive, to help me deal with life on life's terms. When I run and exercise I feel alive and it helps my day flow. If I didn't find running I would be a neurotic mess." He loves how he feels during and after running.
"The Runner's high, and endorphin kick was like no other. I am thankful that I found running, and it has changed my life for the better. Not only does it keep me sober and it helps me feel balanced," he says.
He believes that anyone can change, if they want to. "If I can change, anyone can! I have come along way, but know that I still have a lot of work to do on my personal character defects."
He moved up from the 5K to doing ultras. In 2017 he completed the 250K six day stage race, 4deserts Patagonia. In 2018 he did the Boston Quad which is running the Boston Marathon four consecutive times.
"The official marathon was number four. We had snow, freezing rain, 50 mile an hour winds and torrential downpours," Henry says. He wants to help inspire others and motivate many along the way. That is one of the reasons he joined the Run The World Challenge.
"I think the challenge is really cool because I get to connect with people who are doing the same thing for different reasons, and people from around the world."
He has two 100 mile races coming up and he hopes to qualify for the 2019 Badwater 135 race in death valley.(08/01/2018) ⚡AMP
RUN THE WORLD: "Running is my social network. Pretty much everyone that I'm connected to I met through running," says Dave Ross.
But it didn’t start this way. As a kid he was pretty much a nerd, very shy and definitely a bookworm, not athletic at all. "I turned out for the cross country team my freshman year of high school to make friends," he says.
He ended up being a four year letterman in cross country and team captain his senior year and was awarded a scholarship to run cross country in college. Running has remained a major part of his life.
"I don't think that I'd miss training if I couldn't run, but I'd definitely miss racing. Running is an outlet for my highly competitive personality. I love racing and watching others race. My knowledge of the sport gives me access to getting hired to help with commentary for some of the best races and track meets in the world," says Dave.
In 1996 he ran 2:36:57 at the Portland Marathon training 50 miles weekly. Some of Dave's best times include 15:35 5K, 53:54 10 miles, and 1:12:57 for the half marathon. Dave works for Kaiser Permanente in the Portland area.
He has two grown children. "My wife Stephanie (also a runner) and I live in Beaverton, Oergon and we do a lot of our running around Nike World Headquarters."
I asked him about the present running scene in the US. "I think that it's on a pretty impressive upswing. Now that there is drug testing that's leveling the international playing field Americans are more competitive than ever," he says.
"Folks are catching on and following the idea of structured training groups. The Bowerman Track Club, The Nike Oregon Project and groups like the Brooks Hansons are leading the way in American development."
So why did Dave join our Run The World Challenge? "I think that it's a cool idea. It's neat to see so many people come together toward a common goal," Dave commented.(07/31/2018) ⚡AMP
RUN THE WORLD: Kiranpal Singh Dhody (62) has lived in Mumbai India since 1976. He is married and has three children.
"My son is now 25 and has recently joined me in my business," says Kiranpal, "giving me much wanted relief to concentrate on my running."
Kiranpal was a fitness freak from an early age and would jog regularly in the morning but never did any racing. "Some boys, seeing me running on the tracks for hours every day, told me to take part in road races."
So at the age of 60 he started running races and started winning prizes. "At that point I realized that I have some endurance and power within me and can compete well with the other runners."
He has participated in many road races 10k, 21k and has placed in his age-group many times. "My Personal Best being Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in Nov 2016 clocking 1:43:40 getting 4th place in my age category."
The same year he ran the New Delhi 10k Challenge clocking 46:20 a personal best. "But the one I love most is SCMM ( Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon/Half Marathon) the biggest marathon event of India," he says.
In 2017 he finished fifth in his age-group clocking 1:49:24 for the half. "Since the last two years I started participating in Masters Athletics Championship and won Silver and Bronze medals in 10,000m and 5,000m and got selected for the Asia Masters Athletic Championship." Running is very important to him.
"I get up every morning at 4:30 am and reach the tracks by 5:45am to start my daily practice by 6:00 am."
So what is his secret I asked? "Secret to my success lies in being regular at the Sports Authority of India ground every morning at 6:00 am, except Sunday (being my rest day), dedication to running, determination and punctuality. Not eating any junk or processed foods or aerated drinks. I eat a lot of fruits in the morning and also in the evening, I eat green vegetables, sprouts, dry fruits, nuts, and juices."
I asked him why he joined our challenge. "Mr. Bob, you have done a very good thing by creating this Run The World event where we can all become examples for the young and old people so that they can also start running and thus improve their lifestyles," Kiranpal said.
After getting his MBA and working for his brother for awhile he started his own business, Automobile Spare parts.
"We are a wholesaler trading in spare parts for vehicles. My business is about 40K away from my residence and every morning after my workout is over I have to travel by local train. The train is crowded and takes over an hour to reach my destination. Being tired, many times I sleep in the train and do the same thing on my return back home in the evening."(07/29/2018) ⚡AMP
RUN THE WORLD: Courtney Heiner didn't make the high school basketball team, so she decided to do track instead.
"I started off as a 300 meter hurdler my sophomore year," says Courtney. "By my senior year, I started to really have a passion for running." Her coach convinced her to run cross country the fall of 2008.
"That season we made it to the California State meet with only five varsity runners. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget," she remembers. She later met Jeanette Powless, the women’s distance coach at American River College.
"Jeanette really took me under her wing and showed me how to steeplechase. After two years at American River, Jeanette helped me get a scholarship to Cal State Stanislaus and put me in contact with coach Taylor.
"There she became a five time All American and a National Champion in the women's 1500m. Now Courtney nuns for the Strava Track Club coached by Dena Evans.
"Dena is always so positive and we both know there’s more in the tank. Hopefully, over this next year I can work hard to get one step closer to my goals."
Running is extremely important to her however, "I think its always important to maintain a balance. During heavy training blocks I run six days a week. I almost always take Sundays off. This helps me recover physically and mentally for the week," she says.
I asked her what is her goal? "My ultimate running goal would be to qualify for USA Outdoor Championships in the steeplechase. There’s no doubt that it seems like a lofty goal, and sometimes it feels so far out of reach, but if you don’t dream big, then you miss out on a lot of incredible opportunities along the way.
"Besides running and coaching she also works full time at her family business, they pretty much put a logo on anything. "It’s called A4 Promotions and we specialize in branded merchandise," she says.
Courtney and her husband also enjoy spending time in the mountains. So why did she join this challenge? "The Run the World Challenge is so cool and its really neat to be apart of it. It’s so unique and that’s what really attracted me to it. Its incredible to bring runners together to run 24,901 miles collectively. It’s been awesome to read about other runners and their story."(07/28/2018) ⚡AMP
RUN THE WORLD: "Running is my life and who I am," says 44-year-old Michael Wardian. "I love running and hope to run till my last days." Michael started running after he stopped playing Lacrosse in college to stay in shape.
He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children. Michael has accomplished so much. In 2008 he won the US National 100K championships. In 2006 he won four out of five marathons he raced in 45 days.
He held the world record for the fastest marathon time pushing a baby stroller. He set a record of running a marathon on an indoor 200-meter track. He ran the 2012 Olympic Marathon trails clocking 2:21.
The next day he ran another marathon clocking 2:31. He ran seven marathons in seven days on 7 continents clocking an average of 2:45 for each marathon (photo). With so many highlights on his resume, I asked him what would be his top two.
"In 2011 I ran 2:17:49 (PR) at Grandmas Marathon and the same year I placed second at 100k World Championships," Michael said. He is a vegetarian and works as an International Ship-broker.
How about injuries? "I have been very lucky, I have not had many injuries and I think my best secret is to keep moving. After big events, I do an easy jog, hike or even just walk. It keeps everything moving," says Michael.
Why did he enter this challenge? "I think the Run The World Challenge is cool and I hope it gets more people out there," he says.
He is a professional marathon and ultra marathon runner and has been running since 1996. He has represented the USA in the 50k and 100k world championships, and has participated in three Olympic Marathon Trials.
Just recently (July 20-21) Michael placed 11th at the Hardrock 100 clocking 30 hours and 23 minutes for the 100.5 mile very challenging trail race held in Silverton, Colorado.(07/24/2018) ⚡AMP
The Run The World Global Run Challenge team has logged in 8,138 miles so far which is almost a third of the way around the world in the first 14 days.
These miles have been run in 21 countries. The top ten counties based on miles logged are: 1. USA 2. Kenya 3. India 4. South Africa 5. Great Britain 6. Canada 7. Palau 8. Mexico 9. Japan 10. Costa Rica.
“We wanted this to be a Global event and that is what it has become,” says Bob Anderson who created the event. 70-year-old Bob Anderson has logged in 76 miles himself since the start date of July 4.
“Our Mission is to celebrate running, motivate our team, inspire others and complete our goal of logging 24,901 miles, the distance around the world in as few days as possible with a team no bigger than 200,” says Bob.
(Photo: Grace Padilla training at Mammoth Lakes, California last week and logging her miles in for the RUN THE WORLD Challenge.)(07/17/2018) ⚡AMP