“Global Run: Alay sa Pilipino at sa Buong Mundo” is a 43, 258 – kilometer solo run across the world. As a Filipino ultramarathoner, I especially dedicate this run to honor the Global Filipino located around the world for their great heroism.
Photo Grab from The Global Run Facebook Page courtesy of Runner’s World PH
Cesar Guarin may not ring a bell, but this 5’ 6” fellow has run farther than any Filipino, literally. It all started in 1978 when a young Cesar, then studying at the University of the Philippines, holding an ambition to become the first Filipino Olympic marathon gold medalist.
It was more than just a dream for him, it was his obsession. The fine arts graduate put most of his time and resources to achieve his dream of running in the Olympics until he ran into a brick wall. He earned the chance of making it to the Olympic marathon competition but an injury he acquired during the 1980 Batulao Marathon ended his dream. How did he deal with his dream that fell short? He took that dream farther. Cesar began to run long distances to take the frustration out of his system. This is how he found his new “obsession”. So far, his obsession has brought him running from Zamboanga to Baguio City. This was his first ultramarathon running experience. They called it Trans – Pilipinas run which covered a total distance of 2,251 kms. After that, he finished successfully a Trans – USA run from New York to Los Angeles in 87 days, which covered 4,960 kilometers. A few years after that, he finished the Trans – Europe run starting in Spain and crossing the countries of France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. The Trans – Europe run lasted for 63 days and covered a total distance of 3,756 kms. He finished his US – Canada run in 2009 starting in New York and finishing in Toronto, Canada in 24 days and covering a total distance of 1,272 kms. Just recently, he conquered the land down under, Australia by running from Melbourne to Brisbane in 37 days with a total distance of 2,053 kilometers.
Cesar is a veteran distance runner with decades of experience running across the globe. He is determined more than ever to finish what he started. With thousands of kilometers more to go, Cesar and his team carefully plan out the remaining stages of his global run as attribute and honor to Filipinos around the world. This will be a global expedition filled with challenges and adventure. He is now set to take the challenge of finishing all the stages. Once finished, his run will cover a total distance of 42,897 kilometers in 42 countries! He will then be numbered among elite global runners worldwide numbering less than ten. It will be a feat worth the recognition throughout the world. It would be an epic demonstration of human endurance and courage.
Only three people in the world have run around the globe and received official recognition. Will a Filipino ultramarathon runner, Cesar Guarin, be the fourth person to achieve an epic demonstration of human endurance and courage?
With the help of a dedicated team and supporters here and abroad, our first Filipino global runner and the “Father of Ultramarathon” here in the Philippines, 56-year old
Cesar Guarin is determined to finish his 43, 258 – kilometer solo run in 42 countries across the world to promote mutual tourism interests between Philippines and countries where he will have his global run stages.
With running experience covering some thirty years, spanning 6 presidencies, Cesar is poised to continue his toughest ever run. This one-of-a-kind ultramarathon has been partitioned into 15 stages, with stage typically requiring him to run 45 – 60 kilometers a day, for each of the 30 – 80 days per stage. Once finished, he would cover a total running distance of 43,258 kilometers in 42 countries and 865 running days!
Now, he is preparing for the next stage of his global run which are Stage 6: Finland – England run (2,262 km) and his most challenging global run stage of all, Stage 7:Middle East run (2,222 km). This stage stands out not only for its terrifying distance, but also for the intense heat, rough terrain and blinding sandstorms it throws.
The Global Run
Running across the globe marks the very summit of achievement for few, elite runners. There is an ever – increasing group of men and women who have set out to create, and subsequently conquer, challenges that some might never have thought humanly possible. These challenges are held in some of the most hostile regions on the planet and cover extreme distances. Leaving trophies and cash prizes at the starting line, these contests are less about recognition, fame or glory and more than about conquering what the world thought could not be conquered. These challenges test the very boundaries of human ability and tenacity, reaching the utmost of an athlete’s physical and mental capabilities.
From the desert of the Middle East to the snowy wasteland of Russia, Cesar Guarin’s global run is an extreme distance running challenge in the toughest and yet breathtakingly scenic places in the world.
Here’s the mother of all distance running – Cesar Guarin’s global run.
Setting a Philippine and Asian Record in Distance Running
Ultramarathon runners in search of ever-greater challenges have set out to run across the globe that makes marathon look like a walk in the park. Running across the globe marks the very summit of achievement for few, elite runners. It’s an extreme distance run more than anything. 56-year old Cesar Guarin, the first Filipino global runner and the “Father of Ultramarathon” here in the Philippines is determined to finish his solo run across the globe and become the first Filipino (and Asian) to do so. The entrepreneur and father of 4 children is one of few individuals who positively savor the thought of running across the world. To him, marathon is a mere light warm up for the rigors to come.
With running experience covering some thirty years, spanning 6 presidencies, Cesar is poised to continue his toughest ever run, global run. This one-of-a-kind ultramarathon has been partitioned into 15 stages, with stage typically requiring him to run 40 – 60 kilometers a day, for each of the 30 – 80 days per stage. Once finished, he would cover a total running distance of 41,860 kilometers in 42 countries and 865 running days!
As a veteran distance runner, he shares with extreme sports athletes the same passion to explore one’s limits with every step that he runs. The longer he run, the more miles he cover beyond the marathon distance, the more challenging and interesting it gets. And needless to say, the more in tune he becomes with his mind, body and soul. He has been training his body to run for more than 8 hours a day for at least 1 to 3 months. He also trains to endure months of continuous running given unpredictable weather, no stopping, no looking back, no matter what happens. His fame and experience in long distance running led him to mentor the first Filipina to run across the Philippines and USA, Joy Rojas and the famous “running priest”, Fr. Robert Reyes who ran a 40-day, 1,195 kilometer Visayas leg ultramarathon.
An Ultramarathon with a Mission
Cesar Guarin’s global run is more than just about setting a record. He said, “My global run serves as a tribute and token of my gratitude to all Filipinos abroad for inspiring me to not give up and take courage in fulfilling my dream of running across the globe and also for their valuable contribution in helping our country’s economy and for enriching our cultural heritage”. As he runs across the world, Cesar meets interesting people, see fascinating places, and experience rich and colorful cultures. He also added, “As I meet Filipinos around the world, they always make me feel home is never thousands of miles away.
Once you hear their stories and their triumph over challenges in life you will learn to love and respect them more. That’s why I’m always excited to hear their stories. Though they all come from different family backgrounds, various professions and diverse beliefs, you can sense and feel that love for our country is what unites us as one. And it is for this reason that I’m running across the world.” Global Run also gives him the chance to personally thank them and share what connects them as one: We are Filipino and we are Proud of It.
A Run that Advocates “Love of Country and its People”
Cesar always say, “There is really no better way to see the breathtaking beauty of a country, meet interesting people, and experience the richness of various cultures than by running. Although our country is far from being perfect and racked by many problems, it also has so many amazing experiences to offer and is very unique and beautiful in its own way. I know because I’ve seen it with my own eyes whenever I run.” As he runs across the world, Cesar and his team will make sure that they will meet with every Filipino community in towns and cities that they will visit in 27 countries until 2016. As they meet them in person, the global run team will share with them during the welcome reception or tribute event with programs that highlight the message and mission of this one-of-a-kind ultramarathon.
Support and Join Global Run’s “One million Pinoy Movement (OPM)”
This January to March 2013, the Global Run team is set to meet with our “kababayans” in Middle East as Cesar takes on Stage 7 or his Middle East run, which is considered as the toughest stage of this ultramarathon and also where there are 2.9million Filipinos working. With 27 countries more to go, Cesar and his team will endeavor to have at least one million Filipino advocates, volunteers and donors who will support the mission of Global Run by becoming a member of their “One million Pinoy Movement (OPM)”, an advocacy that encourages Filipinos around the world to share with our foreign neighbors about the breathtaking beauty of our country, the richness of our culture, the vibrancy and colors of living life here, and the ingenuity and warmth of our people. It’s a movement that imbues love of country and its people.
As Cesar reflects about the mission of his global run, he has come to realize that the Filipino is worth running for and that we should always feel proud of our culture and heritage. This is his tribute to Filipinos and to the world. Let us support our first and only global runner, Cesar Guarin in his quest to run across the world to give honor to Filipinos and to our country.
To know more, you can visit and “Like” their Facebook Fan Page: The Global Run.
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