Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon Challenge

World Wide Half Marathon Run

1000 Runners from 45 countries “Think Global, Run Local” in global race.

Boston, MA. – Over 1000 runners in 45 countries across 6 continents will be running together on the weekend of October 13th and 14th for the Second Annual “Phedippidations” World Wide Half Marathon Challenge, and “Kick the Couch 5K”.


Co-race director John Ellis, from Boston, Massachusetts, said “This is a unique race that embraces the spirit of the running community across the entire world.”


The “Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon Challenge” ( is an open invitational event where runners from around the globe will run either 13.1 mile (21 km) or 3.1 mile (5km) course on their own or as part of a local race in their region.


Teams of athletes around the globe have come together, in countries such as Austria, Bahrain, Columbia, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Vietnam and Yugoslavia.


Co-race director, Mal James, trained for the vent in both Israel and Australia, and will be running locally on race day in the Munich Germany Marathon.

This has truly become a global event“, said James, “runners from all over the planet have been training together for the past four months and encouraging each other to go the distance on race day.

Co-race director from Knoxville, Tennessee, Terry Higgins, is impressed with the new runners who have accepted the challenge of running the race. It’s awesome to hear that this will be the very first race for some runners, or that this challenge has rekindled someone’s passion for running“, said Higgins, “We joke about the ‘Couch of Doom’ that too many sedentary people spend too much time upon, and we are very please to know that people all over the world are getting off that couch!

We’ve more than doubled the number of entrants we had last year” said Co-race director Steve Walker, from Central Massachusetts, “we’ve made friends across 44 countries, and now we’ll be able to share our race reports, photos and audio recordings about our race experiences!


The event is completely free and is being organized online at .


Entrants who run the race will record their finish times, and have the option of uploading a written race report, a photo and audio recording to share a description of their experiences of the day for posting on several online blogs and Internet radio “podcasts”.


Co-Race director Ben Deutschle, from Columbus Ohio, says the event’s motto “”Think Global, Run Local”, best describes that goal of the race. We run in our own home towns all over the world, but are aware that at the very same time we have friends who are out there running with us” said Deutschle, “Runners aren’t limited by geographical or cultural differences…we celebrate what makes us unique and share this common passion for running“.

Further information about the First Annual Phedippidations World Wide Half Marathon can be found at

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