List of pedestrian circumnavigators

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A circumnavigation of the Earth is a journey from a point around the globe, returning to the point of departure. This list shows people who have completed a circumnavigation on foot.

Pedestrian circumnavigators[edit]

Name Date Distance Notes
Ignacio Dean Mouliaá March 21, 2013 - March 20, 2016 33,000 km Ignacio "Nacho" Dean is a Spanish adventurer and the fifth man to walk around the world. He walked 33,000 km (20,505 miles) solo and unsupported, crossing 4 continents and 31 countries during 3 years (1095 days).[citation needed]
Robert Garside October 20, 1997 – June 13, 2003 48,000 km Robert Garside is a British runner credited by Guinness World Records as the first person to run around the world. Garside began his run following two aborted attempts from Cape Town, South Africa and London, England. Garside set off from New Delhi, India on 20 October 1997, completing his run back at the same point on 13 June 2003.[citation needed]
Jesper Kenn Olsen January 1, 2004 – October 23, 2005 26,232 km Jesper Kenn Olsen ran 26,232 kilometres in his first world run.[clarification needed] His run was scrutinized by the ultra running community.[citation needed]
Tom Denniss December 31, 2011 – September 13, 2013 26,232.47 km Second runner credited with a proper documented world run under the World Runners Association rules. He holds the record for the fastest circumnavigation on foot and is the second person to be inducted into the WRA membership.[citation needed]
Tony Mangan October 25, 2010 – October 27 2014 50,000 km Third runner to successfully run around the world. Having run 50,000 km, he holds the record for the longest world run according to the World Runners Association guidelines. Mangan is the third person to be inducted into the WRA membership.[citation needed]
Kevin John Carr July 28 2013 – April 9 2015 26,232 km Aiming to be the fourth runner credited with a proper documented world run, he followed the WRA rules in his attempt to break Tom Denniss's record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world on foot. Ratification of his claim by WRA is still pending.[citation needed]
Rosie Swale-Pope First woman to run and walk the northern hemisphere. She did not follow World Runners Association guidelines, primarily by running three continents instead of the minimum four and not crossing and recrossing the equator. She elected to run totally in the northern hemisphere; an additional 4,000 km run across Australia would have met the WRA guidelines.[citation needed]
David Kunst June 20, 1970 – October 5, 1974 First man to walk around the world, covering four continents. At 14,500 miles, his distance is below the minimum required for WRA membership; however, the WRA and its rules did not exist at the time of his walk. With relation to WRA rules where a minimum of four continents are required he had a gap (Burma between India and Thailand).[citation needed]
Steven M. Newman April 1, 1983 – April 1, 1987 Second man to walk around the world. His walk was very similar to David Kunst's, covering four continents and 14,500 miles. This distance is below the minimum required for WRA membership; however, the WRA and its rules did not exist at the time of his walk. With relation to WRA rules where a minimum of four continents are required he had two gaps (Burma between India and Thailand, and in the Middle East).[citation needed]
Jean Beliveau August 18th, 2000, at 9:00 am – October 15, 2011 Third man to walk around the world walking 75,000 km for 11 years in 64 countries. This is the longest continuous world walk and has preliminary qualification stage for recognition under the WRA guidelines.[citation needed]
Arthur Blessitt December 25, 1969 – present 40,600 miles Blessitt carried a cross through every nation of the world, 321 countries (including island groups and territories), of which 54 were in open war.[1][2][better source needed]
Ffyona Campbell 20,000 miles First woman claiming to walk around the world. Later she admitted to taking transport on one stretch in USA whilst ill and having to fulfill sponsors demands.[citation needed] She later returned to walk that stretch. Her walk was carried out in stages and does not fulfill circumnavigation criteria.
Dumitru Dan 1910-1923 100,000 km = 62,137 miles Dan crossed five continents over three oceans, through 76 countries and over 1,500 cities, wearing out 497 pairs of shoes.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

  • ^ Guinness World Records 2014 page 271
  • ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131116095408/http://www.blessitt.com/GuinnessRecords/GuinnessRecordsPage.html