On his third attempt, extreme runner Jozef Rajchl has completed a run covering 952 kilometres across Austria in ten days, 11 hours and 35 minutes, an average of about 90 kilometres day. This was the first officially sanctioned run across Austria, and thus a record, the SITA newswire wrote.
Earlier, Rajchl had accomplished a number of notable successes in extreme running including a run across Slovakia from the east to the west in 2004, a north to south run through Europe in 2005 and an almost-unbelievable run from Bratislava to Beijing in 2008. In a previous run in Austria, he was recognised as the first person officially to run through prevailingly mountainous terrain with only a car and a driver as logistic support.
His most recent run in Austria also served partly as preparation for a solo run across Australia, from Perth through Melbourne to Sydney scheduled for March and April of 2012. Rajchl also is considering a couple of other projects: either to run through the Carpathian Arch from Serbia through Romania and the Ukraine all the way to Slovakia or a run across the former Czechoslovakia from the westernmost town of Aš to Vyšné Nemecké in the east.
8. Aug 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská