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  • Writer's pictureGunnar Garfors

Our World Record GPS Tracked

Erik de Zwart, myself and Ronald Haanstra in front of the plane that will take us on our first of several legs, hopefully all around the world.

Update: We made it! We completed the cirvumnavigation of the globe in 56h56m, beating the previous record by 9h35m. Expect celebrations in Sydney this weekend.

Towards the end of our last world record attempt, we missed the last plane by 4 minutes, and any hope of a world record went out the window. A bit annoying, let’s say.

Little motivates more than failure, so here we fly again. The team is not exactly the same, but radio DJ and TV host Erik de Zwart and media mogul Ronald Haanstra are still on board. Which makes both of them flying Dutchmen.

The goal is the same as last time; To travel around the world, via all the six inhabited continents, faster than anyone else by scheduled transport.

The question is whether we will try the same route, or whether we have found better options. Our quest will commence in Sydney, Australia on January 31.  The current record is 66 ours and 31 minutes (it was briefly listed as 63h47m, but that record must have been disqualified). In less than three days we need to also visit Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America – although not necessarily in that order – and return to where we started. And we are limited to scheduled airlines only, as it is one of the criteria for the record to be approved as a Guinness World Record.

And as our budget dictates it.

But it isn’t all fun and play. We are also raising money for The Simple Drinking Water Foundation that provides clean water technology to developing countries. Please check out their work.

The journey is GPS tracked, and you can follow our progress live here on (tracking map below). We’ll use the hashtag #RecordRunWorld on Twitter and Instagram.

You can see our exact route by downloading this file and opening in Google Earth. We were tracked by GPS 2,857 times during our round the world trip.

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