By Etsuko Yasunaga
On Sunday, August 2, Glenn Sullivan finished Run Down Under – a 14,080km virtual run journey around Australia through 98 towns and every state and territory. It was a perfect winter day to celebrate his significant achievement.
Glenn started his day with a 2.6km warm-up followed by a 5km race for Running Heroes where he was chasing sub 20 minutes.
He got 19:19 to finish in first place. By then quite a few of Wonthaggi Road Runners (WRR) had gathered to join him to the finish line.
Glenn and his running friends jogged two laps of a 1km loop in Inverloch. There was an official photographer, a videographer and an interviewer capturing every moment.
On the last leg Tony O’Connell interviewed Glenn and livestreamed it to the WRR’s group page for others who couldn’t be there.
It was the nice cruisy finish that Glenn wished for, reflecting on and savouring the last few steps of his long journey.
Glenn has been running consistently, and 2020 will be his sixth year straight for running 3000km per year.
He has also been instrumental to WRR’s Handicap Race during the COVID pandemic, giving his time generously to help others improve their running, have fun and discover the joy of running in this challenging time.
On his blog sluggerrunning.blogspot.com, he describes himself this way: ‘G’day. I am a runner. I have always been a runner and I will be running until the day I die’.
On Monday, Glenn started his new journey, Run New Zealand. Estimated finish date is January 27, 2022. The journey continues.