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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

A Regular Forrest Gump...

Meet Manfred Minchits. He's an Austrian marathoner. He's also crazy.

Minchits is a marathoner who has planned an Around-the-World run for 2007 to raise money for SOS Children's Villages, a charity that helps orphans and neglected or abused youngsters. Raising money for charity is great and all, but I think Minchits is taking that whole "pound the pavement" saying a bit too literally. He plans on running 90 kilometres a day for a total of 23,000. I don't really understand the whole "metric system" thing, but even so, I can almost certainly guarantee that it's about 22,999 kilometres more than I plan on running this year.

Michlits started his trek on New Years Day on the Donauinsel, an island in the Danube in Vienna and hopes to finish back in Vienna on December 31st. I'm not quite sure how far he made it that first day what with starting on an island and all. I can imagine that whole "crossing a river" thing could have posed a problem early on.


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