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So you think you have a long run this weekend?

How does 22,000 miles taking you around the entire world sound?

I guess we can’t quite consider this officially a weekend long run but it is one heck of a long run.

What kind of young, sadistic whipper-snapper would attempt such a feat?

It may surprise you.

Japanese comedian Kanpei Hazama age 59 is such a man and he is trying to help promote Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Olympics. This transformational adventure is being called the Earth Marathon.

Hazama is knocking out 35 miles a day for five days in a row and then takes one day off. Wake up the next day and start the sequence all over again. No matter how you break it down (run, walk, crawl), this is quite the challenge.

This somewhat seemingly crazy adventure started on December 17 and Hazama plans to complete it somewhere in 2011.

Is there not a less deadly way for this gentleman to promote his country? Really though, who are we to judge anyone that isn’t hurting others. I am sure many thought I had a death desire when I took on the Ironman and ultra running. You may have heard the same thing when you told others you want to do a 5k, 1/2 marathon, or marathon.

Hazama has also so eloquently reminded us of the poor quality of food choices available in much of the US.

“The trip through the States has required some adjustments, Hazama said. He still prefers the “more healthy” Japanese food.

“American food makes me fart,” Hazama said, and depending on wind directions, it’s sometimes not pleasant for his followers.”

A new food quality identification method has been defined – the Flatulence Test. You heard it here first!

We must wish Hazama a safe and healthy journey around the world.You can read the complete article at the Salina Journal and follow his travels on the Earth Marathon Youtube Channel.

He is currently in the US so if you see a Japanese man with a white wig and hat running along the road, you may want to stop and say “Ohayo Gozaimasu” (Good Morning) or “Konnichiwa” (Good Afternoon).

If you are having a tough run this weekend, just think of this guy. He doesn’t even reach the half way point for another year!

Have a great weekend.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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