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Running the World: Get set and Speed up in 80 Lanes!

Sprinting from Arctic to Antartica!

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page!

THE WORLD IN 80 LANES: With new passion for speedy life, and making it as short as possible, I´m on mission running the world. It all took off in Arctic of Norway, in the Word´s northernmost city. The final leg will happen south of Argentina. I don´t know when this running the world project will finish if this race ever comes to an end. My plan is to finish “Around the World in 80 Lanes” in the World´s most Southern city. Goodbye Hammerfest, Ushuaia here I come!

Around the world in 80 Lanes
The Official Logo:Around the world in 80 Lanes

On the Run: At stadium in Hammerfest, the official start of sprint run around the world.
On the Run: At stadium in Hammerfest, the official start of sprint run around the world.

Travel and new lifestyle

Until three years ago, my passion for running was far lower than my thirst for exploring the world. As reporter I travel the world to write stories, update social media, and shoot pictures to inspire readers and followers. Now I´m up for something new, I will try to speed things up a bit by running and informing. And definitely to inspire people to eat healthy, stay fit and get in best possible shape. A change of lifestyle is never too late.
Remember, The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

 

The Host: Eirik Harhaut was my perfect host at the island of Måsøy.
The Host: Eirik Harhaut was my perfect host at the island of Måsøy.

Gei Set in Arctic

Now I´m on mission for a new combination of travel stories and perform some speedy runs at stadiums around the world. Not only high profile and famous stadiums. Summer 2023 I started this activity in Hammerfest, a top Arctic city of Europe, and the world´s most northern city. At the stadium I run 100m in glittery Midnight Sun with some of the city´s veterans.

Local food: Lamb meat at Måsøy was an absolute sensation and the most delicious food served in Norway.
Local food: Lamb meat at Måsøy was an absolute sensation and the most delicious food served in Norway.

Catch me if you can!

They say life´s a marathon but try living your life as a sprinter in the fast lane. Who needs long-run and fighting for breath along smoggy roads when you can run shorter and be faster at track & field stadiums. Life in the fast lane has a new meaning, and it´s called “Sprinter´s Paradise”. Catch me if you can!

Of course, you have to train, and I´m in the Gym and at stadiums six times a week. As sprinter you are running shorter, faster, and absolutely more furious – it´s not just a workout, it´s a lifestyle. Let´s conquer the world, as the fast running travelers.

Passion for new goals

Running short and sharp drives all veterans for achieving success. Passion is what drives us to achieve our goals and keep life going even when the going gets tough. Running sprint is like King Goya´s editorial profile for presenting travel stories from around the world: Short, sharp and sweet.

Running 100m and 200m on the track helps us to overcome difficulties and push ourselves to the next level. We are like the young top athletes – passion drives us forward on the path to success. My goal is to run faster next year, even if I´m one year older. My goal is to stay fit and live a healthy life. One way or another, to be branded as Master commits. A Master is simply a veteran past the age of 40. There are lot of competitions around the world dedicated for Masters, even a World Championship.

Start: Beach run at the island of Måsøy, not far from North Cape north of Norway.
Start Running the World: Beach run at the island of Måsøy, not far from North Cape north of Norway.

The journey is on

In a world where adventure knows no borders my goal is to sprint at some of the most iconic sports arenas on each continent. I have already laced up my running shoes at set off at my first arenes: The track & field stadium in Hammerfest and a sandy beach at Måsøy, an island close to North Cape. My Midnight Sun run took place around 71 degrees north and 2,000 km from the North Pole.

Cities of friendship: Ex-mayor of Hammerfest Alf E. Jakobsen, right, has visited Ushuaia city in Argentina south.
Cities of friendship: Ex-mayor of Hammerfest Alf E. Jakobsen, right, has visited Ushuaia city in Argentina south.

Finish line in Antarctic

Meeting Master veterans around the word, following an excellent and official kick-off in the very North of Norway. Then training and running in the summer heath along Costa del Sol south of Spain. During the first month sprinting in Europe, I met joyful veterans on an off stadiums. With lots of fun stories and cool comments.

Like this remark from Spain. “Sprinting is like fine wine. The older you get, the smoother your stride – and the more you appreciate the finish line.”

Reprter Gudmund Lindbaek almost as far north he can travel on mainland Norway.
Reprter Gudmund Lindbaek almost as far north he can travel on mainland Norway.

Lot more exciting to happen and interesting people to meet before last call and the finish line in Hugo Lumbreras stadium in Ushuaia. This is the port city for cruises to Antarctica and the southernmost city in the world.

Alta: Training in Midnight Sun at Alta stadium, track and field with local football players
Alta: Training in Midnight Sun at Alta stadium, track and field with local football players

Running the world

This travel story continues in months and years to come. Hopefully, it will conclude near the south tip of Argentina. Hopefully me running the world comes to an end. Con un poco de suerte. Hoffentlich. Fiduciosamente. Avec un peu de chance.

A smart and speedy Master said: The secret to a successful career is to sprint when you´re young and jog when you´re old.
I learned this too late, that´s why I make the opposite.

Pictures by Sverre Nygaard

Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya online travel magazine. Meeting people for engaging stories. I´m off to uncover the best strategies for long life living. This is part of my venture “Around the World in 80 Lanes” – about travel, run sprint, staying fit! I just want a tiny slice of adventures to feel alive, and then excited to return home.

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