Pole-to-Pole Runner Hits Halfway

Australian runs from North Pole to Panama

Sep 21, 2011
Outside Magazine

Australian ultrarunner Pat Farmer has reached the halfway mark of his Pole to Pole Run, arriving in Panama 7,767 miles and 6 months after setting out from the North Pole in April. Farmer, a former member of Australia's Parliament and an endurance-running world record holder, is attempting to run from the North Pole to the South Pole via the Americas. He has traveled through the Canadian arctic, Quebec, the eastern seaboard of the United States, Mexico, and Central America. To keep pace, Farmer has averaged more than 50 miles per day and has taken no days off. The next stage of Farmer's run traverses the Darien Gap, a violent section of Panamanian jungle where he'll be escorted by armed guards in addition to his usual support crew. Farmer will then run along the west coast of South America before continuing to the South Pole. Farmer has run the circumference of Australia and twice crossed the United States. He is hoping to raise $100 million for the American, Canadian, and Australian Red Cross organizations.

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