Legendary South Korean marathoner Kang Myung-koo has embarked on an incredible 11,000-kilometer journey on foot from Jeju Island to Rome through 19 countries over 400 days, to promote bridge race and unity, and bridge the gap between North and South Korea. Despite being a 65-year-old marathoner with cerebral infarction, Kang’s determination and willpower are truly awe-inspiring. And, what adds on to the feat, is his purpose for running miles without exhausting the fuel.
An incredible journey of koo from South Korea
Kang’s incredible journey started on October 1, 2022, and has taken him through Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and now to India, where he is currently on a mission to further strengthen relations between India and South Korea and to meet the revered Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. His journey is a testament to the power of human determination and willpower, as he has been running with a handcart carrying all his belongings for the entire trip.
Kang’s mission is not just to promote world peace and unity, but also to support global harmony. As part of his mission, he plans to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on September 28, 2023, the last day of his marathon, to deliver his wish for peace on the Korean Peninsula.On his journey through India, Kang received tremendous support, hospitality, and encouragement from the Indian people. He expressed his gratitude for their kindness, saying that “people in India are kind-hearted, extend fabulous hospitality, and are spiritual.” Kang’s visit to India has also been a chance to improve the professional and cultural bond between the two nations, and to embolden ties in the areas of sports, education, and culture.
While in Delhi, Kang plans to meet with the Korean Ambassador, Chang Jae-bok, and the members of the Federation of Korean Associations in India, further solidifying the relationship between India and South Korea.
Kang is not running alone
Kang is not the only marathoner promoting global peace and unity. Over the years, many individuals have run for this noble cause and received accolades for their efforts. One such runner is BethAnn Telford, who has completed 10 Ironman Triathlons and several marathons while battling brain cancer. She runs for the National Brain Tumor Society, raising funds for research and awareness.
Another inspirational runner is Dean Karnazes, who ran 50 marathons in 50 states over 50 consecutive days to raise awareness for the need for physical activity in our daily lives. Karnazes has also run the first-ever marathon in Antarctica and the first-ever marathon on the South Pole.
These marathoners and runners are true ambassadors of peace, promoting unity and goodwill in their unique ways. Their relentless spirit and dedication to the cause have not only inspired people around the world but have also brought global attention to the need for peace and harmony in our society.
Kang Myung-koo’s incredible journey through 19 countries on foot is a testament to the human spirit and determination, to promote peace and harmony across the world. His visit to India has further strengthened the relationship between India and South Korea and has opened up new opportunities for cooperation in the areas of sports, education, and culture. Kang’s journey, along with the efforts of other runners and marathoners promoting global peace, is an inspiration to us all, reminding us of the power of human will and determination to overcome any obstacle and achieve our goals.