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Oz man aims to run 700 marathons in 700 days to claim world record

December 26, 2011 - Melbourne

An Australian man has decided to start 700 marathons in 700 days to claim Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth on foot.

Tom Denniss' journey, which will start on New Year's Eve, will take him to every continent, except Antarctica, and more than 20 countries, but one location was a must for his itinerary - Monument Valley in the US where Gump ended his run.

"I don't know if people will join me like they joined him," the Daily Telegraph quoted the 50-year-old as saying.

"I'm looking forward to running on the rim of the Grand Canyon, across the Andes Mountains and across the Nullarbor desert.

"I'm also looking forward to running in the Arctic Circle when it's daylight for 24 hours a day," he said.

His only guaranteed company during the record attempt will be his "small support crew" of his wife and her best friend, travelling in a car behind him all the way.

"Obviously it will be challenging physically but I think the more difficult thing will be the mental challenge of just getting up every day and having another marathon or more in front of you, even when it's cold and wet," Denniss said.

He will start and end his trek at the Opera House, on day one he will run to Bondi Beach as a "warm-up", and the plan is to run 45-50km a day.

His preparation this year has seen him run 20-25km each day.

"I chose the Opera House because it's such a landmark in Australia; it's where Jessica Watson started her round the world sailing - I guess there's a precedent that's been set," he added.


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