While I was recovering from my trauma as a child, I read several adventure books that inspired me on a life quest to travel around the world but wasn’t sure how I would do it. In the beginning, it was just a dream, but after I discovered running and tested my physical capacities in 2003/4, I realized that anything is possible. Since then I have been setting myself big challenges that would lead eventually to my ultimate goal, and that is to run around the world.
Depending on the chosen running plan (either A or B), it is estimated that from 15 to 18
different countries will be visited during the run and the distance accomplished may reach
from 28,763 to 30,351 kilometres.
The aim of the project is to run around the world in connection with the 30th
anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence, by which Lithuanians in all
around the world would be encouraged to run and participate in XI World Lithuanian Games.
To prepare for the run, Mr Ardzijauskas has successfully implemented a number of running projects:
- Running Los Angeles-New York (in 62 days, approx. 5026 km) in 2014. Run in Rout
- Running Dakar–Vilnius (in approx. 100 days, 8000 km), during which 12 countries
were crossed in 2017-2018. The run was dedicated to the Centennial of the restored
Lithuania. Moreover, the run was observed on the website in 88 countries;
- Running Norway–Greece crossing 9 countries (in 70 days, approx. 5400 km) intended
to the 30 th Anniversary of the Baltic Way in 2019. The run was observed in 55
The route of approx. 30000 km around the world will be a new goal of Lithuanian ultra-
runner Mr Aidas Ardzijauskas, who has accomplished a few running routes composing of
5000-8000 km during the time period from 2014 to 2019. It may be the first Lithuanian who will run across the world through 6 continents (running plan B) or 5 continents (running plan A).
The project will start on 30 June 2020 with a running event in Druskininkai. The event
will invite both young and adults to accomplish a symbolic 3 km long distance running,
which represents and composes 0.01 percent of all the planned running route around the
world. Therefore, residents from Druskininkai municipality, city guests and all residents from Lithuania and abroad, who are interested in running, will be welcome to join the event.
The run around the world will start on 1 of July 2020.
The runner will visit Lithuanian communities in the following countries and cities:
(running plan A) Latvia, Russia, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, the Unites
States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and
Poland. Cities to visit: Druskininkai, Vilnius, Daugavpils, Moscow, Kazan, Ufa, Omsk,
Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Chita, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney,
Brisbane, Valparaiso, Mendoza, St. Louis, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Curitiba, Rio de
Janeiro, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, New York,
Liverpool, London, Gent, Wolfsburg, Malbork, Lazdijai, Veisiejai and Druskininkai;
or (running plan B) Latvia, Russia, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, the United
States of America, Canada, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Vatican City State, Austria,
Czech Republic, Poland and the following cities: Druskininkai, Vilnius, Daugavpils,
Moscow, Kazan, Ufa, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Chita, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Perth,
Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Valparaiso, Mendoza, St. Louis, Buenos Aires,
Montevideo, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Toronto,
Ottawa, Montreal, New York, Casablanca, Rabat, Tunis, Palermo, Naples, Rome, Vatican
City, Florence, Bologna, Venice, Maria Zell, Brno, Warsaw, Lazdijai, Veisiejai and
The finish of the run around the world by Mr Ardzijauskas is planned for 1–4 July
2021, when XI World Lithuanian Games will take place in Druskininkai. Since the beginning
of Mr Ardzijauskas’ run around the world will start with a symbolic run, there will be another 2 symbolic run for the finish day as well. It is planned a joint final run on the route
Liepalingis–Snow Arena (approx. 10 km) and Snow Arena–Druskininkai (4.7 km) which will
be implemented by participants of XI World Lithuanian Games, running enthusiasts and Mr
On the run, Mr Ardzijauskas will be accompanied by two persons, who will take care of
the implementation of running route, logistical provision, organizational, project publicity
and health restoration issues.
The Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence will mark its 30th anniversary in 2020.
Therefore, a runner Mr Aidas Ardzijauskas is going to dedicate the unique run around the
world for this significant anniversary of the country. The run also aims to emphasize the
importance of Lithuanian Independence to the development of Lithuanian statehood, to
promote Lithuanian history, culture and traditions.On the run across the world, it will be important to present a relatively young country, which is not afraid of challenges, actively participating in sport activities and other fields. The runner will meet with communities in different countries around the world, share running goals, handouts as well as generally represent and introduce the country. The website of the project will announce running goals,links to thematic presentations of Lithuanian institutions, etc. News will be published on the project website and via means of public information.
The history of running across the world
As for today, 14 runners managed to run across the world. At the moment, one runner is
on his way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_have_run_across_the_world
Information about running projects carried out by Mr Ardzijauskas