Australian marathoner and a one-time MP Pat Farmer has announced his next running challenge, the Spirit of India Run, which will end at New Delhi.

The Spirit of India Run is essentially Farmer’s attempt to cover the length of India – from southern tip to the north ending in the capital. Farmer will make his way through 10 states, covering over 4600km in just 60 days. That comes up to nearly 80Km a day, an astonishing feat by itself. The run is slated to begin next year on January 26, which is not just India’s Republic Day but also Australia Day.

Pat Farmer at the South Pole during his world record ultramarathon
Pat Farmer at the South Pole during his world record ultramarathon

Farmer is best known for his incredible pole-to-pole run. Between April 2011 and January 2012, Farmer successfully completed the world’s longest ultra-marathon, from the North Pole to the South Pole.
In a report on SportsKeeda, Australian High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling is quoted as saying, “This run by a remarkable Australian known for his endurance abilities is yet another step in strengthening relations between our two countries, particularly people-to-people links.

“India’s culture and colour are admired by Australians. The country’s rich diversity will be captured by a film crew as Pat runs the length of India, allowing us to see and share his experiences.”

In addition to the Pole-to-Pole run, Farmer also ran more than 1300km in two weeks in 2014, traversing through the Middle East, in an effort to raise money and awareness for peace initiatives in the region.

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