Ireland - Yelabuga – The entire world
Do you want to hear one of the most inspirational stories of today? Then this story about Tony Mangan is for you.
Being a construction worker in the past Tony Mangan started running when he turned 30, and today he is called an «Ireland’s Forrest Gump» for his incredible feats of endurance. He set a world treadmill record in 2003, and four years after — a new world indoor record for distance over 48 hours. But Tony Mangan is known to the world mainly thanks to his round-the-world race that lasted for four years from 2010 to 2014.
Today, on June 22, is the 101st day of Tony’s second world run. On February 27 he had started it from Dublin and nearly after 3 months reached Yelabuga. Feeling tired this time Tony Mangan decided to travel all the way of 50 thousand kilometres by walking. He will pass through Naberezhnye Chelny, Ufa, Chelyabinsk to Mongolia, China, Australia.
Tony was pleased to know that his compatriots are working now at Alabuga International School and accepted the invitation to visit the school and have a talk with all AIS community with great pleasure. Children were extremely delighted to meet the ultra-distance runner and question him, and were deeply fascinated by his adventure stories.
The main aim of Tony’s trip is to convey to all people the idea of that everyone needs to have belief in his own power, and that everything is possible and all have some talent. On his way Tony overcomes lots of difficulties, tiredness and uncertainties, thus the joy of these achievements is one of the main pleasant things he gets from his adventures. Besides, more than a year ago Tony’s mother died of cancer. «I would like to make all people understand that a timely visit to a doctor will help to diagnose cancer and save the life», — says Tony about his mission.
Surprisingly enough, Tony Mangan doesn’t’ like fruits and vegetables much, but chocolate he is eating with the utmost pleasure, he is constantly making jokes and every Russian woman is called by him «a princess». Tony inspires everyone by his stories about the beauties of our world and friendship among all people living in it.
Children inspired by the stories of the traveller won’t let him out of their grasps. «I feel like I am a real Santa Claus! » - confessed Tony, as he was really touched by this.
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