This Saturday I begin a walk around the world! Starting from Run Logic running store in Dublin’s Temple Bar, we meet at two pm and leave a three pm. Please see my new Blog for the walk ( Click Here ) or my Facebook page! Hope you can join me!
Below please read a Facebook update.
After I first got the idea to run around the world I didn’t see how I could do it without a support vehicle. As running is more problematic than walking I decided instead of running the world that I would walk it! In 1998, I was living in Lake City, Colorado. A techno friend designed my logo which I dreamt up during hundreds of hours running on the trails there. Before leaving Lake City to return to Ireland I had a crazy going away party! Sandy Hines do you remember that night with Aidan and the locals down in Mammy’s Whiskey Bar!
Well, I returned to Ireland and with just four days away from starting my world walk I changed my mind! I decided that one day I would find a way to live my ultimate dream, to run around the world ( As many of you know I achieved that in Oct 2014) So for the world walk literally had the tee- shirt but I never did it! As it was pre-internet you will notice there is no mention of a website on my logo. That same logo was modified for my eventual world run, the black lettering with center white lines signify the roads of the world.
So, this world walk is my other long cherished dream [:)]
Last Monday I was welcomed by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, this is becoming a habit! Thank you Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh for my latest Magic Letter! I will be walking the world with a cancer awareness message; life is precious, early checking saves lives.
The key to my world run was meticulous preparation, preparation, preparation! I also believed in keeping things simple. This walk will be more leisurely and as best as I can my stopwatch will be thrown out! However, I do realise and appreciate that when people are trying to help me their first question is almost always “exactly when tony!”
Proposed world walk route… Subject to change!
Dublin, to Liverpool to Hull to Rotherdam to Berlin to Lithuania to Latvia to Moscow to Chelyabinsk to Irktusk to Mongolia to China. All visas have been secured (thanks to visafirst.ie)
From China I have not decided on my route to Australia Nobody has ever gone on foot (only with a small gap) from Europe to Singapore; I have not decided if I will. Another possibility is China to Philippines to Indonesia to Australia.
Australia: Denham (the spike north of Perth) to Sydney. Then New Zealand North and South
Update: ( April 2017) I've decided to fly to Sydney and drive across the country to Perth and start walking again on May 3rd back to Sydney
Update: ( Nov 2017) Now I've decided after walking across Australia to travel to New Zealand and walk New Zealand South to North , then fly back to Australia and add in more of Australia by walking the Northern Territory from where I left off in Sydney to Darwin ( Australia Part 2 ) I should finish this leg around July 2018.
From there my original plan was to fly to la Peru and walk into Brazil to Venezuela and from there thru the Caribbean to Cuba to Florida to Nova Scotia, ie: along the east coast. But that may change. Whichever way I decide to go in the USA I will be returning to Europe starting in Gibraltar to Madrid to France to Ireland!
Depending on my route my estimated distance will be 30-34,000km.
As on my world run I will be exceeding the minimum requirements of the WRA the world runners association, the governing body for world runners and walkers. Since last summer I have successfully lobbied the WRA for higher standards. The reason for returning to Europe by way of Gibraltar is that for a ” circumnavigation of the world ” (which is a higher standard for a lap of the world) there is an added requirement of needing to go through two ” antipodals” which are exact opposites locations on the other side of the world. This is not so easy to get, as most of the worlds landmass is ocean or inaccessible territory in places like Russia or the Amazon. My Antipodals are going to be in Aukland and Madrid.
This walk will be very low budget, mostly camping and cooking my own food!
Sponsors are required!
Some background details and thoughts on my route.
( From an Interview done in February of 2016 at the start of Tony's walk ) Updated 6/2018
To see Tony's Spot Tracker with his current location for the last 7 days Click Here
My World Walk .com
10 August, 2018 Once again thanks to Benjamin in Berlin for updating my maps.
It looks complicated but if you have been following me closely it's simple and logical
I walked across Europe, Russia and then south through Mongolia and China. I decided to end Asia (part one) at the south China sea in Vietnam. From there I flew to Perth, Australia and my initial plan was to 'only' walk from there to Sydney! However, as people were listening to my early cancer screening message and acting upon it I decided to walk further north to Darwin. There was only one problem in so far that summer was on the way. So I paused Australia in Toowoomba and walked cooler New Zealand. Then in late February, I returned to the same spot in Australia PART TWO to continue my global walk towards Darwin.
After Darwin, I flew to Bangkok, Thailand for Asia PART TWO, extra walking. I'm now walking towards where I left off previously in Vietnam and in about a month or so I will connect back up with my old route and eventually march on through China and ultimately Japan. The second map shows this part best. I told you it was simple. I'm just doing a lot of 'extra walking'
Why? you may ask.
"Why not!" Is my response 😂