easyauto123 supports Australian runner’s ‘runaround the world’ world record attempt for the New Zealand leg
Final preparations are being made before Brisbane runner, Tim Franklin takes on an incredible feat to run the world - known as ‘Tim Runs The World’ (Instagram @timmyrfranklin or www.timrunstheworld.com).
The 26,232 kilometre (16,300 mile) journey will leave South Bank in Tim's home city of Brisbane on December 3 with the objective to be arriving back at South Bank within 433 days to break the current world record, which sits at 434 days.
New Zealand will be the first international visit, running from Queenstown to the north of the country.
Tim has secured support for the New Zealand leg from New Zealand’s leading fixed-price used car superstores, easyauto123, who are supplying his support vehicle for that leg.
From New Zealand, he arrives in San Francisco just before New Year’s Eve to run the 9500 kilometres (5903 miles) across the United States. After finishing in New York City, Tim moves then to South America - including running the Andes as part of the South American leg, Europe, Asia then Perth before crossing the Nullarbor to arrive in Brisbane (full proposed itinerary below).
The 39-year-old, who left a corporate role as a lawyer to become a trainer, sports coach and now motivational speaker, has been running several hundred kilometres per week in preparation.
He got into running due to topping out at 120 kilograms (264.5 pounds) and being in a sedentary lifestyle. At the start, he couldn’t muster more than about two kilometres per run!
Only five people in history have completed a run the world challenge like this.
Under the rules of the challenge, he must wear two GPS trackers which will officially monitor and register his progression, including the all new Apple Watch, which will be connected to an iPhone. Segments and behind the scenes content for social media will be captured on iPhone 14s.
Numerous charities will benefit from Tim’s run including Inspiring Brighter Futures Foundation, Lung Cancer Foundation Australia and Wings for Life.
A ‘run-raiser’ lunch in Brisbane raised $12,000 from a charity auction, headlined by an Ash Barty signed Wimbledon tennis racquet and nearly $20,000 from a raffle, however his commercial team in Australia continues to approach sponsors with global focuses to promote their products and inspire staff and customers alike and to offset the several hundred thousand dollars the operations are costing.
Managing logistics will be two friends joining him on the adventure - both of who are trained nurses that have quit their jobs to assist Tim throughout his mission and manage logistics from city to city
A support vehicle to ensure Tim is fuelled up and carry his equipment will follow each step of the run, where he aims to complete 65km per day - or a marathon and a half per day.
“Creature comforts will be few and far between,” said Franklin. “I will be moving for six to 10 hours each day and burning upwards of 6000 calories during that process. Despite it being an individual challenge this will not be done without the help of my team on the ground, across the world as well as in Australia.
“I want as many people as possible to be part of this historic journey and follow my pathway across the world. The aim is to get people moving. I hope I inspire people that may have been in a lifestyle like my old one to get out and move or for those to move more to improve their lifestyle.
“My run around the world has been in the planning stages for three years and now, with the beginning in sight, visas being approved and arriving and our day-by-day plan coming together - it is starting to feel real - and exciting.”
Tim’s other adventures have included running the equivalent of a marathon around his apartment (2000 laps, over 6.5 hours!) and the equivalent of Everest in the fire escape of his eight storey building (35,000 stairs, 6 hours!).
3 December 2022
SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS BRISBANE
4 December - 28 December
Queenstown to Auckland
1 January 23 - 5 June 23
San Francisco- San Diego - Miami - New York City (9,500kms)
6 June 23 - 25 July 23
Valdivia, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina (3,000kms)
25 July 23 - 25 October 23
Lisbon, Portugal to Istanbul, Turkey (5,700kms)
26 October 23 - 1 November 23
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Singapore (400kms)
2 November 23 - 20 January 2024
Perth - Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbane (6,000kms)
20 January 2024
SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS BRISBANE