Tomasz Drybala, 44, is training for a 40,000km run around the world Tomasz, who is originally from Poland, is training by running through the UKHis 40,000km feat starts on 29 August, taking him all the way to the USHe will be raising money for UNICEF along the way and doing many events
A runner is preparing to run 40,000km around the world to raise money for charity.
Polish ultra-runner Tomasz Drybala, 44, who has lived in London for 21 years, plans to spend more than three years running around the world in stages: from London to Athens; from Cairo to Kuwait City; from Indonesia up through South East Asia to Hong Kong; then from the West to the East coast of the US, starting in Los Angeles and finishing in New York.
Tomasz will travel between each stage by air, and has planned regular trips back to London in order to see his two sons.
Polish ultra-runner Tomasz Drybala, 44, who has lived in London for 21 years, plans to spend more than three years running around the world
Tomasz will travel between each stage by air or sea, and has planned regular trips back to London in order to see his two sons. Pictured, on one of his training runs
He will fund his journey through savings, sponsorship and will continue to work as a keynote speaker.
He explained: ‘We will have lots of equipment behind us and between stages (Europe-Arabia, Arabia-Asia, Asia-US) we have up to four weeks break.
‘It’s not a continuous run. It’s impossible to do it that way. We need time to reorganize our effort and transport all equipment to a new location.
‘My body needs time to recover, and I have two sons in London, and they need their father. We have planned weekend breaks every three weeks and breaks during all half-terms for me to see my boys.’
Tomasz, who intends to set off in August, will initially stay at a string of hotels. A support crew with a caravan will join him full-time at the end of October 2022, allowing him to rest on the road and save money
Tomasz, who intends to set off in August, will initially stay at a string of hotels. A support crew with a caravan will join him full-time at the end of October 2022, allowing him to rest on the road and save money.
The runner aims to run the circumference of the earth: 40,075km.
He is training by running around 40km a day across the UK.
He said: ‘I do these runs by myself. I just run with a backpack. And I am running from hotel to hotel.
‘One of the days I ran 56km. I was running 40km uphill and the last 16km was down hill. I ran out of water twice. It was quite difficult.
‘I am slowly lifting up the distance every week. At the current time I am running around 50km a day.
‘I will get to running 300km a week, around 1,350km a month. I am running Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
‘And I am reaching up to 75km a day. I will finish this in the first two weeks of July.’
Tomasz started long-distance running in 2018 as a way to improve his mental health.
He said: ‘And then I got divorced. I lost my business and I was in a bad mental health condition for a time.
‘And I just needed to do something with myself and I decided to start training for big challenges.’
His first challenge, in 2019, was to walk 5million steps in 100 days. He increased his steps and by the end of the challenge was exercising for 12-14 hours a day.
Next he attempted to run 11,000km from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Bali, Indonesia.
However he was forced to curtail his plans when lockdown hit.
‘I escaped Indonesia to Sumatra where I was supposed to keep running but I was not able to run,’ he said.
Tomasz, who trained partly in Scotland, has done his epic challenges and raised money for charity since 2018
The 44-year-old is hoping to finish his run around the world by the end of 2025, stopping along the way for a swathe of events to raise money for Unicef
‘Indonesia was never in a full lockdown but you can’t move even from one village to another village so I wasn’t able to go even to the airport.’
Stranded in a small village, Tomasz adapted his plan and ran 225 half-marathons instead.
Tomasz, whose own childhood was affected by trauma, will raise money for Unicef, and document his journey on Instagram.
He plans to work with local communities and businesses along the way, informing them about childhood traumas.
He added: ‘I don’t set out to beat any world record. I’m running with a message and building trauma-informed communities along the way of my running route. The journey is rewarding in itself.’
Tomasz is hoping to finish his amazing world marathon task by the end of 2025, stopping along the way for a swathe of events to raise money for UNICEF.
The 44-year-old wants to continue helping others to live in the present moment and not in the past or worry about the future
The ultra-runner said ‘negative self talk’ in the back of our minds is something we should try and eliminate