Carl Hebel and his canine running companion, Dina, train along the Bruce Highway.
Carl Hebel and his canine running companion, Dina, train along the Bruce Highway. Craig Warhurst

Hebel's goal left in tatters

GYMPIE long distance running enthusiast Carl Hebel dared to dream big, but yesterday his ultimate goal was left in tatters.

Hebel had planned to embark on a world record-breaking run around the world this month, equating to a marathon a day for 500 days.

The run was devised by Hebel as tribute to his ancestry and was an ambitious undertaking – both logistically and physically.

Months of planning and relentless efforts to give his project wings appeared promising, but a last-minute reluctance from key sponsors forced the run’s cancellation.

A dejected Hebel made the announcement yesterday while pondering his future.

“The sponsorship has fallen through and there have been some broken promises,” he said.

“I can’t get the airfares so there is just no way I can do it now.”

Hebel said he had spent $90,000 of his own money so far on the project and that it “was all for nothing”.

The Gympie runner said he was giving serious thought to moving bush and farming.

“It’s a sad parting from my 13-year home of training and workouts,” he said.

“Running away from home, again, and I will miss a few friends and my dear partner.”

Hebel took the chance to fire sarcasm at the naysayers who had doubted his ability to the do the run from the beginning.

“‘You know, you can’t run 1000 kilometres, Carl, so just take your tranquillisers and watch television’,” he quipped.

“Thanks to all my ‘big’ sponsors for running the world and the charity beginning at home.”

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