I don't run races.
I run continents.
About the run
My name is Andre Jones. At 10am on the March 10, 2019 I commenced my solo run around Australia, totalling 15,134kms.
This is not a race and I’m happy to chat to any traveller willing to say g'day — and even happier to share a few kilometres with runners of all levels.
At 57, I’ve also learnt to listen to my body. With no back-up or support of any kind, when it hurts, I slow down and walk.
There's no point breaking anything, as I’ll be doing it all again the next day, the next week, the next month ... and for an estimated total of 343 days (assuming reasonable weather and manageable injuries).
There is no one with me to cook, set up camp or apply first aid. I'm doing this alone.
15,000kms is a long way by any means and even more arduous when on foot.
Since I’m using a four-wheeled buggy - ‘Intrepid II’ - to house all my gear for the next year, I am generally relegated to roads, preferably sealed.
To this end, I’ll be running along the major roads/highways near the coastline.
Going across the top end of Australia, I will be running on the 3,500km Savannah Way. While some of it is sealed, much of it is dirt … which I’m sure won’t be much fun.
If you'd like to say g'day when I'm coming through your town, click below to view my whole running schedule.
There are several reasons why I’m attempting this challenge.
First and foremost, I'm doing it for charity. The Australian organisations I’m representing do great work across all of the community, hindered mostly by lack of funds. My goal is to raise $60k — a sum of $1 per kilometre for each charity. A real bargain!
Secondly, and in the words of Sir Edmond Hillary, “Because it’s there” — only 10 people have ever run around Australia (some more than once), and while this is a great feat in itself, they all had a support crew of some sort.
No one (that I can find) has done it solo. Yet.
Besides, I don’t mind going on a bit of a run!
RAISED SO FAR
The estimated total distance of the run is 15,134 kms
The run is equivalent to 358 marathons
On an average day I will expend over 4,000 calories
The estimated elevation gain over the run is the equivalent of five Mount Everest climbs (45,122m)
I will be using 15 pairs of shoes over the course of the run