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Man Hopes to Go Around the World on Foot

Aired July 24, 2001 - 10:20:00   ET

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KARUNA SHINSHO, CNN ANCHOR: Around the world on foot. That's how one man hopes to make his mark in history.

Denise Dillon has his story.

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DENISE DILLON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is no ordinary man out for an everyday jog. This is Robert Garside (ph), running through Tibet, just one leg of the thousands of miles he's run over the past four and a half years. He's running around the world literally. He started his quest in London in 1996, and 33 pairs of sneakers later, he's still on the move. He doesn't travel lightly, he has to be prepared for all weather conditions, and as you can see, he carries a video camera, which adds a few miles on to his route.

ROBERT GARSIDE, RUNNING MAN: It's difficult to run and film, because you've got to stop, go back, get the camera.

DILLON: He tries to take a video of himself every 90 minutes or so, to document it for "The Guinness Book of Records." So far, he has run through 31 countries, enduring brutal weather conditions, including shot at in Russia, robbed in Brazil, and put in jail in China, but none of that threw him off track of his original goal.

GARSIDE: I'm trying to be the first person to run around the world, basically going across every continent by running.

DILLON: He runs an average of 40 miles a day. He's now in South Africa, where he hopes to take a break and shake hands with the former president.

GARSIDE: One of my greatest heroes is Nelson Mandela, so yes, I would love to meet him.

DILLON: When it's all said and done, he will have run more than 42,000 miles. And once he reaches his finish line in another seven to 12 months, he plans to write a book, and he'll certainly have stories to tell.

Denise Dillon, CNN.

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