Around the World in 30 Minutes

The One Mile Runner
In 2010, The One Mile Runner went international; actually intercontinental. At 47 years old, David O’Meara ran 6 one-mile races, in 6 weeks, on 6 continents in 29:25.95 — beating his original goal of less 30 minutes total time… or less than 5 minutes each on average (he has no interest in running in Antarctica, especially in their winter).

This event introduced the challenges of international travel including long flights, jet lag, unfamiliar accommodations and unpredictable food (he’s a vegan); some brutal summer climates; unfavorable course conditions; and unusual regional illnesses. The impact of any one of these challenges can be detrimental to the completion of any international event. Race Directors were hired in all six locations to ensure that the courses are professionally measured and the races are officially timed. 

David hosted free hands-on Fitness Seminars for some of the communities he visited. The seminars taught attendees of all ages how to prevent injury, increase athletic performance and experience better functional living. Sharing his new fitness program, Body Protection, and his experience as a personal trainer, the seminars focused on motivating athletes and non-athletes to set and achieve personal fitness goals.

Additionally, David hosted free seminars based on his book,Creating Amazement. Targeting business leaders, government officials, and educators, David shared his process and attributes for creating amazement. His goal was to inspire others to use their gifts for the purpose of creating amazement in their own lives, the lives of people they touch, their communities and their businesses.

Race results are in the table below. To learn more about David’s 2010 adventure, be sure to visit his 2010 Blog.

Race Results

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RaceDateContinentCountryCityStatusTimeTotal TimeLink
Race #107/04/10North AmericaUSAWillimantic, CTCompleted4:52.1604:52.16Video
Race #207/10/10South AmericaArgentinaBuenos AiresCompleted5:07.7209:59.88Video
Race #307/17/10EuropeGreeceSymi Island, DodecaneseCompleted4:29.0214:28.90Video
Race #407/24/10AfricaNigeriaJosCompleted5:07.3819.36.28Video
Race #507/31/10AsiaIndiaChennaiCompleted4:35.7524:12:03Video
Race #608/08/10AustraliaAustraliaTownsville, QueenslandCompleted5:13.9229:25.95Video
Official Time Keeper: The Last Mile Racing

The “Around the World in Less Than 30 Minutes” was successfully completed in six weeks on 8/8/2010 in 29:25.95 (averaging 4:54.30 per mile).