German sets off to run around the world

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4 January 2007, Leipzig, Germany (dpa) - A German athlete set off Wednesday to run around the world to raise money for charity. Robby Clemens reckons he'll wear out 50 pairs of running shoes during his 23,000-kilometre journey across 28 countries. The 45-year-old hopes to complete the World Run in 298 days. Each day he plans to run 80 kilometres - the equivalent of a double marathon. "Four hours of running, an hour's rest, four hours of running, another rest, more running, that's the rhythm I hope to keep

4 January 2007

Leipzig, Germany (dpa) - A German athlete set off Wednesday to run around the world to raise money for charity.

Robby Clemens reckons he'll wear out 50 pairs of running shoes during his 23,000-kilometre journey across 28 countries.

The 45-year-old hopes to complete the World Run in 298 days. Each day he plans to run 80 kilometres - the equivalent of a double marathon.

"Four hours of running, an hour's rest, four hours of running, another rest, more running, that's the rhythm I hope to keep up. In all, I'll be on the go 14 hours a day," Clemens said.

Among the highlights of the World Run will be a meeting with rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, who plan to accompany Clemens for a brief spell when he is in the United States.

The German, who has been practising extreme sports for eight years, will be accompanied by a doctor and a diet coach.

Clemens made his first long distance run of 493 kilometres in 2001 and two years later ran the 500 kilometres from Basra to Baghdad to draw attention to children who suffered during the Iraq war.

Clemens plans to donate money from the World Run to child cancer victims. A fitter by trade, he hopes to be back in Leipzig on October 27.

If all goes according to plan, Clemens will set a new record for his global run. The previous mark of 492 days was set by another German, Heine Stupp, in 1895.

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