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Serge Girard “The Continental Mariner”

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From 1997 to 2006 Serge GIRARD ran across five continents: North America, Australia, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia and set four world records.

This time he will try to set a world record for the longest distance covered in 365 days. The current record is held by Tirtha Kumar Phani (India) 22,581.09 km in 365 days.

Serge will try to set a record by running 600 marathons, 25,300 km, around the European Union in 365 days. Departure in Paris on October 17, 2009. Arrival in Paris October 17, 2010.
 

Around the European Union
He's going to try with his team to be the first man to run more than 25,000 km wih an average 70km/day without a day of rest.

Around the Europe in figures :
  • 25.000 km run
  • 600 marathons
  • 365 days
  • 70 km/day
  • Day of rest : 0
  • Countries crossed : 25
  • France, Spain, Portugal,Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, Czech republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland, France.
  • Weight loss : 10kg (departure weight 64kg - arrival weight 54kg)
  • Pairs of shoes used : 50
  • 8000 calories per day
  • 10 liters of water per day
  • 5000 feedings
  • 9 hours of sleep each night
  • Extreme temperatures : -20°C in Finland, +30°C
  • 20 people took turns to assist Serge during this race
 

The 5 continents crossings of Serge

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  • Los-Angeles - New-York: 4 597km in 53 days , 90km/day
  • Perth - Sidney : 3 755km in 47 days , 81km/day
  • Lima - Rio de Janeiro : 5 235km in 73 days , 71km/day
  • Dakar - Cairo : 8 295km in 123 days 68 km/day
  • Paris - Tokyo : 19 097km in 260 days , 73km/day
Distance run on the 5 continents : 40.979km in 557 days, 73,500km /day.
 

Serge Girard
  • Born in 1953
  • 3 sons
  • Holds 4 world records :
  • Ran across the US in 1997.
  • Ran across Australia in 1999.
  • Ran across South America in 2001.
  • Ran across Africa in 2003.
  • Ran across Eurasia in 2006.
  • 1300 Km run on open air track in 11days, 11 hours, 49 minutes and 44 seconds, i.e. 114 Km /day (French record in 1998)
  • Five books released on his crossings.
  • Five films of 52 min produced on the crossings of USA, Australia, South America, Africa and Eurasia.
  • Trains on average 6 hours/day 5 days/week.
  • More than 300 lectures with film projection in France at sports clubs, schools or for the general public.
Contact us by e-mail : sergegirard@wanadoo.fr

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Serge GIRARD in figures

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  • Average pulse while running : 130
  • Average pulse while resting: 36
  • Height: 1,77m
  • Weight: 60 kg
  • Estimated weight loss after the race: 10 kg
  • Age: 55
  • Serge became interested in running at the age of 30; engaged in 20km competitions, marathons, 24 hour, 48 hour and 6 day runs, transcontinental runs and a track run of 1300 Km).
  • He runs an average 10.000 Km per year. In 53 different competitions he has run 31.083 Km, i.e. an average 584 Km each time.
 

Diet
  • 8000 calories per day
  • Solid and liquid food every 4 Km
  • More than 5,000 feeding stops
  • 10 liters of mineral water per day, i.e. 3000 litres in total
  • 2000 cereal bars
  • 200 kg of rice/ pasta
  • 60 kg of fruit
  • 370 cans of food supplements
  • 50 kg of honey

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Equipment

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  • 50 pairs of shoes
  • 100 pairs of socks
  • 50 shorts
  • 5 kg of shea butter ointment (for ears, lips and nostrils)
  • 150 tubes of anti-blister cream
  • 60 tubes of sun protection cream
  • 20 liters of massage oil
 

The team
  • 4 people : pysiotherapist, logistics, cameraman & computer specialist
  • 2 vehicles : a 4x4 and a fully equipped camper

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