Dave Alley running along the Hume Highway on his Race Around Australia 2. Photo Contributed
Dave Alley running along the Hume Highway on his Race Around Australia 2. Photo Contributed Contributed

Dave on track to become fastest man to run around Australia

AS of noon today, Dave Alley has completed 13,077km on his incredible journey around Australia.

Dave and his support crew have now been on the road for more than 166 days since departing Lismore's Oakes Oval on April 19.

There have been no rest days, with Dave averaging 79km per day, or the equivalent of almost two marathons each and every day since he commenced the Race Around Australia 2.

This morning Dave has reached the New England Highway in the Hunter Valley and is now just 10km from Singleton.

His journey has seen him pass through Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Dave is now just 306km away from reaching 13,383km - This was the distance covered by Ron Grant, the first man to run around Australia in 1983 and has since become the benchmark figure for all attempts since.

The current fastest time to this distance is Pat Farmer, achieving the feat in 174 days at an average of 76.91km during the Centenary of Federation Run in 1999.

Dave Alley and the Race Around Australia 2 Crew after reaching 13,000km. Photo Contributed
Dave Alley and the Race Around Australia 2 Crew after reaching 13,000km. Photo Contributed Contributed

Currently Dave is approximately four days ahead of record pace and is on track to reach the distance by late Monday or early Tuesday of next week.

From this point Dave will complete the journey back to Lismore which he hopes to reach by approximately 11th October.

If Dave can complete the journey he will also become the first person to have ever both run and cycled around Australia, after completing the 'loop' on two wheels in 2011.

Dave and the Race Around Australia 2 crew are raising money and awareness for the White Cloud Foundation, who support Australians suffering from depression. 

To find out more about RAA2 or to donate visit www.racearoundaus.com.au or the David Alley Race Around Australia Facebook page.
 



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