A team of amateur runners from the UK – including the top age-group triathlete and former bog-snorkelling world champ Danny Bent – has launched an ambitious challenge to complete the first ever non-stop running relay around the world.
‘The World Relay’ will travel 28,000 miles across 6 continents and over 30 countries, starting and finishing in London. Runners will keep the relay going non-stop around the clock in a bid to complete the journey in 180 days.
Thousands of runners from across the globe will be given the opportunity to carry The World Relay baton in their country and their progress will be tracked online using GPS technology.
The team behind The World Relay say the record breaking circumnavigation will raise thousands of pounds for an international children’s charity whilst uniting nations across the globe.
“The World Relay isn’t simply about setting world records. It’s an incredible opportunity to bring individuals and communities together to achieve something truly remarkable. The World Relay will send a clear message to society demonstrating the power of international cooperation, a legacy that will long outlast the runners’ footprints.” Danny Bent, Team Endurancelife.
The World Relay is being organised by Team Endurancelife who last year completed an 8,000 mile non-stop relay around the British Isles which involved 2,000 grassroots runners and raised thousands of pounds for charity.
“The Real Relay inspired runners from all over the British Isles and captured the imaginations of people worldwide. An international community of supporters avidly followed the baton’s progress online and became our inspiration for The World Relay.” Kate Treleaven, Team Endurancelife.
The World Relay will leave London this summer and journey around the British Isles before heading east across Europe, Asia, Australasia, North and South America and Africa, arriving back in London in time for Christmas.
Team Endurancelife are busy raising the £50,000 required to fund the organisation of The World Relay. They are using the increasingly popular Indiegogo crowd funding network to do so.