September 29, 2022

A runner prepares to run 40,000km around the world to raise money for charity.

The Polish ultrarunner Tomasz Drybala, 44, who has lived in London for 21 years, plans to spend more than three years circumnavigating the world in stages: from London to Athens; from Cairo to Kuwait City; from Indonesia through Southeast Asia to Hong Kong; then from the west to the east coast of the US, starting in Los Angeles and ending in New York.

Tomasz will travel between each stage by air and has planned regular trips back to London 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

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 leg by air or sea, and has planned regular trips back to London to see his two sons. In the photo, in one of his training races.

You will finance your trip through savings, sponsorship and continue to work as a keynote speaker.

He explained: ‘We will have a lot of equipment behind us and between stages (Europe-Arabia, Arabia-Asia, Asia-USA) we have up to four weeks off.

‘It is not a continuous race. It is 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 term periods to see my children.

Tomasz, who intends to leave in August, will initially stay in a series of hotels. A support team with a caravan will join him full time at the end of October 2022, allowing him to rest along the way and save money.

The runner aims to run the circumference of the earth: 40,075 km.

Where in the world does Tomasz run?

It will run from London to:

London to Athens

Cairo to Kuwait City

Indonesia through Southeast Asia to Hong Kong

From the West to the East Coast of the US, starting in Los Angeles and ending in New York

40,075 km in total: the circumference of the Earth

He is training by running around 40km a day across the UK.

He said: ‘I do these races alone. I only run with a backpack. And I’m running from hotel to hotel.

‘One of the days I ran 56 km. I ran 40km uphill and the last 16km was downhill. I ran out of water twice. It was quite difficult.

‘I am slowly lifting the distance every week. Right now I’m running around 50km a day.

‘I will run 300 km a week, around 1,350 km a month. I run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

‘And I’m reaching up to 75 km per day. I will finish this in the first two weeks of July.

Tomasz started running long distances in 2018 as a way to improve his mental health.

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He said: ‘And then I got divorced. I lost my business and was in a bad mental health condition for a while.

“And I just needed to do something with myself and decided to start training for big challenges.”

His first challenge, in 2019, was to walk 5 million steps in 100 days. He increased his steps and by the end of the challenge he was exercising for 12 to 14 hours a day.

He then attempted to run 11,000 km from Hanoi, Vietnam, to Bali, Indonesia.

However, he was forced to scale back his plans when the lockdown came.

“I escaped from Indonesia to Sumatra, where I was supposed to keep running, but I couldn’t,” he said.

Tomasz, who trained in part in Scotland, has been performing his epic challenges and raising money for charity since 2018.

The 44-year-old hopes to finish his run around the world by the end of 2025, stopping along the way for a series of fundraisers for Unicef.

“Indonesia was never completely locked down, but you can’t even move from one town to another, so I couldn’t even go to the airport.”

Stranded in a small town, Tomasz adapted his plan and ran 225 half marathons.

Tomasz, whose own childhood was affected by trauma, will raise money for Unicefand document your trip Instagram.

He plans to work with local communities and businesses along the way, educating them about childhood trauma.

He added: ‘I don’t set out to break any world records. I am running with a message and building trauma-informed communities along my career path. The journey is rewarding in itself.’

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Tomasz hopes to finish his incredible world marathon task by the end of 2025, stopping along the way for a series of events to raise funds 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 overseas broker said that the “negative internal dialogue” in the back of our minds is something we should try to eliminate.