Man to run from North to South Poles

Australian ultra runner Pat Farmer is planning the longest run on earth — a run from the North to the South Poles — to raise 100 million dollars (US) for clean, accessible water worldwide.

Farmer will start running in March 2011 at the North Pole and head south through Canada, the United States, Mexico, and 10 South American countries. In Ushuaia, Argentina, he'll be airlifted to Antarctica for the final South Pole leg.

He hopes to raise millions through his Pole 2 Pole Run by inspiring people to donate even just one dollar each.

Farmer already holds records for the fastest run around his home country and across its desert center. He's run across America twice.

"This is by far the greatest challenge of my life," Farmer is quoted as saying in an AFP article.

"To be quite honest with you I don't know if I can run from the North pole to the South pole, but I do know that I can run for 80 kilometres, or 85 kilometres or 90 or 100k's a day and I do know that I can get up the next morning and do the same thing the next day."

That will mean more than two marathons every day, start to finish, with no days off.

Farmer expects the 13,000-mile run to take 11 months, more than 40 pairs of shoes, and 300 pairs of socks.

[via The Goat and The Adventure Blog]

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September 16, 2010 at 3:46 p.m. (EDT)

Thats a lot of time on one's feet. I have met two different fellows that were riding from the Bering Sea to the tip of South America. The first guy was in 1978 and he expected it to take him 20 months at about 100 miles a day, same with the other guy. The first one wrote me from the Amazon Highway, showing a picture of him pushing his bike down the muddy highway with the mud up to his axles.

So if it takes 20 months to ride it will surely take this guy a couple years to run it. Guess he will have to start when the North Pole is frozen and then take a ship or plane to Antarctica to run it?

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September 21, 2010 at 8:59 p.m. (EDT)

Gary, he's expected to do complete it in about a year. He'll average around 50 miles (80 km) a day.

Here's info on his route:

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September 21, 2010 at 9:47 p.m. (EDT)

Wow, 50 miles a day. Bob Marshall used to walk that far in a day.

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