The World Runners Club
The World Runners Club was officially started on December 1, 2013. The first two people to join were the first two people to run around the world and have proof of it. Jesper Kenn Olsen, from Denmark, and Tom Denniss, from Australia, are two of the group’s founding members. From 2004 to 2005, Jesper ran 26,232 km around the world. From 2008 to 2012, he ran 36,917 km around the world. From 2011 to 2013, Tom Denniss ran 26,232 km around the world. This is the fastest time ever for a world run.
The World Runners Club’s primary goal is to set clear rules for what “a world run” is and how proper documentation should be done. These rules are here to make sure that ultrarunning, which is a new area, is just as credible and accepted as any other running event. The Club also wants to give the official definition of a run around the world that is in line with the rules set by the Alternative Book of Records, which is the official source on such runs.
They have made a simple list of rules to follow to ensure this happens and encourage future world runners to use a common standard of fair and honest runs. The rules are easy to keep track of, and the goal of The Club is to keep track of such future runs and help runners who stick to the standards of a serious attempt. The members of the World Runners Club are the only ones who can decide who can join. When deciding whether to let someone join, past performance and credibility may be taken into account. Additionally, when figuring out if an application to the World Runners Club will work, documentation will be very important.
Support from The Club
The World Runners Club is happy to help future world runners with advice, contacts, and knowledge if the runner is trying to complete a world run in a legitimate way. Over time, The Club may also work toward other goals and hold charity events. A runner who wants to do a world run according to the above definition can get an official notice from The Club. The planned or ongoing run and its details can be listed as an “ongoing attempt” on the Word Runners Club website as long as the proper paperwork is used. In addition, the runner can talk about how The Club is keeping an eye on things when promoting the run.
Becoming a Member
Anyone who has run around the world and kept track of it can join the World Runners Club as long as they follow the rules set by the Club. This is decided by a unanimous vote of the members after they have carefully looked at the documentation and tried to figure out what is going on.