Kevin Carr of England, 34, has set a new world record for fastest run around the world—and he did it to raise awareness of, and money for, the fight against mental illness.
“I have loved endurance sport all my life, but I almost had a very short life,” he writes on his website, hardwayround.com. “At 19 I was incredibly lucky to survive a very serious suicide attempt. I’ve had to fight depression and anxiety all my adult life, but I’m determined not to let an illness or any stigma wrongly associated with it ever hold me back.”
Nothing held Mr. Carr back—not bears, heatstroke, pain, subfreezing and 100 degree-plus temperatures, or the flu. Some things slowed him down a bit, but he ran 16,300 miles through 26 countries in 621 days, breaking the previous record by hours. And he did it pushing a cart that held all of his gear. It weighed up to 100 pounds.
“By running around the world (one of the toughest things, both physically and mentally one could ever ask of the human body) I aim to provide a very real demonstration that: ‘An ill mind is in no way a weak mind.’ I hope to inspire others, especially people who are where I was.”
Mr. Carr crossed his finish line in Dartmoor National Park in the south of England at 1:35 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 9.
If you want to support his charities, go to his website, hardwayround.com, for links to giving to SANE and the British Red Cross.