Man, 70, to run 20,000 kilometres
DESCRIBED as a “crazy bugger” by many in his life, Gympie long distance running fanatic Carl Hebel has taken another giant stride to making his world heritage run a reality.
Speaking to The Gympie Times yesterday, Hebel said he had returned home from his journey to New Zealand to help promote his plans and train.
Hebel, 70, intends to run 20,000 kilometres around the world in 500 days from Hebel Queensland to Hebel Germany.
Equating to a full marathon for each of the 500 days, it’s no lean undertaking.
The epic adventure, kicking off on the runner’s 71st birthday in October, is a record breaking heritage run in celebration of his ancestry which traces its way back to Germany.
Hebel took part in the New Zealand Masters Games, winning two bronze medals and also managing to squeeze in a 1000 kilometre run as part of his ongoing preparations.
Hebel could have captured a gold medal, but declined to compete when he was the only starter in the event.
“I declined to compete and accept the medal because it’s not right when you are not competing against anybody,” he said.
The runner said sponsorship was beginning to flow in for his world record attempt.
“There has been a lot of interest in the media over in New Zealand, and that’s good,” he said.
“I’m in Sydney this weekend to confirm some deals with sponsors.”
Hebel will enjoy a small break but as a man who cannot keep his feet still for too long, will be kissing his wife goodbye once again in the coming months for more Masters events and training.