Irishman Running Around The World For Charity

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 14, 2010
Tony Mangan is running around the world for the Awake charity. Photo: Irish Times

Tony Mangan is running around the world for the Awake charity. Photo: Irish Times

He voluntarily quit his job and is going to follow a dream he’s had for two decades.

Since the 1990s Tony Mangan had dreams of running around the world. The Irish runner couldn’t stop thinking about the adventure of it all. “When I got that thought into my head, it’s never left me for more than five or six waking hours,” he recalled.

Last July, dream became reality Mangan. A construction worker by trade, he applied for voluntary separation from his employer and received it.

The world awaited.

“The World Jog,” is what he calls it. It began last October at the Dublin Marathon. If all goes according to plan, he will run the same race in 2013 after running around the entire circumference of the globe: a total of 42,000 kilometers.

An ultra runner as well as a 2:38 marathoner, Mangan loves what he does. “There’s not one single day that I’ve considered it a chore. I bounce out onto the road. I love it. Part of me did wonder whether I’d do it, because I’m 53 now and it gets harder every year.”

Mangan will be doing the run for a charity called Aware.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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