Friday, April 10, 2015

Around the world in 621 days - British athlete beats world record

Kevin Carr on Australia's longest straight road 

There was a film 'Around the world in 80 days' which I saw in my childhood. The films starring David Niven and Shirley MacLaine was released in 1956, which was both a mix of adventure and comedy. The film was nominated for eight Oscars, of which it was awarded five, including the awards for the best picture, best cinematography, best film editing, best music and best writing.

But that was a fiction and a mere movie. In one of my previous posts, I shared the joy of an old couple who sailed around the world and completed their arduous adventure in some 36 years. That was a long time which the couple took when they started their journey in 1974 - ending it in 2000.

And yet again there has been an adventure of a real kind in which Kien Lam from San Francisco has ventured an 'Around the world in 6,237 photos and in 343 days.' Kien Lam captured over 6,000 photos taken from his Panasonic Lumix GF-1 camera of the 17 countries he visited and traveled in 343 days.

The quest for adventure thus never dies and every now and then we hear of people attempting to round up the world to set new records and milestones.

Recently a lone British athlete, 34 years old Kevin Carr, ran for 621 days to run round the world and also became the fastest man to do so. It took him running a marathon each day for two years to round up the world. During his solo around the world adventure running, he was often chased by wolves and even bears. He survived two run overs and all such odds and completed his run around the world.

Carr carried his luggage in a stroller, that weighed twice as much as he did, he pushed while running around the world.

He covered a total distance of 16,300 miles and crossed 26 countries. He began his epic voyage at Haytor on Dartmoor in July 2013 and returned yesterday after 621 days, one quicker than the previous record, held by Australian Tom Denniss.

See the video of Carr's solo ran around the world adventure below:

You may read about the two adventures mentioned in the post here:
Read more about Carr's adventure at Daily Mail / Photos and video shared from Daily Mail

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