Longest Runs, Wheelchair Expeditions: Adventures

Sep 2, 2021 - 11:51
Sep 2, 2021 - 12:08

Tony Mangan

  • Length: 31,069 miles (50,001 km)
  • Date: October 2010-October 2014
  • Miles run per month: 647 miles (1,041 km)
  • Details: Beginning in his native Ireland, distance runner Tony Mangan jogged through North America, Central and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe, raising funds for a charity that battled depression. He ran with a stroller named Nirvana, which carried a tent, clothes, food, and other belongings.

Robert Garside

  • Length: 29,826 miles (48,000 km)
  • Date: October 1997-June 2003
  • Miles run per month: 439 miles (707 km)
  • Details: British runner Robert Garside was cited by Guinness World Records as being the first person to run around the world. He started in India and jogged through Tibet, China, Japan, Australia, South America, Mexico, the US, Africa, Turkey and back to India. He had considerable corporate sponsors and met his future wife in Venezuela. He got mugged twice at gunpoint and was jailed in China.

Rick Hansen

  • Length: 24,900 miles (40,100 km)
  • Date: March 1985-May 1987
  • Miles wheeled per month: 958 miles (1,542 km)
  • Details: Canadian wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen pushed his way through 34 countries on four continents. He wheeled on the Great Wall of China and met Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. He wore out 160 tires and was robbed four times. The project raised $26 million for spinal cord injury research.

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