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 byinspiring 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.