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AIDAS ARDZIJAUSKAS
Lithuanian Firefighter & Ultra-runner

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Dakar - Vilnius Running 2017

7985 km run in 100 days from Dakar to Vilnius 2017/18

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RUNNING BACKGROUND & STORY

From Childhood Trauma to Ultra Running

I am Aidas Ardzijauskas, a 46-year-old Lithuanian firefighter, and ultra-distance runner.

aidas-ardzijauskas-on-black-background-500x850My story of running began with a childhood trauma, and running was a strengthening practice for my body. After a silly jump, I broke my feet, fractured my legs and twisted my spine; the world turned upside down for me. As I learned how to walk again, I was continuously turned down by coaches for sports since I was too weak. Running helped strengthen me and lift me from my lowest physical and psychological condition as a child. I wanted to run more and more, and soon it became a lifestyle, in turn, I also chose an active career, a firefighter.

I have been running for 36 years and firefighting for 22, and I don’t plan on stopping. I have run more than 85 000 kilometers (1980-2016). Running is my hobby and passion for which I am also grateful to my family which supports me in every way.

ULTRA LIFE

My first introduction to ultra-marathons was grounded in two different runs in 2003 and 2004 where I participated in a relay Vilnius-Riga-Tallinn to commemorate “The Baltic Way,” it repeats the political demonstrations in 1989, where around 2 million people formed a human chain along highways from Lithuania to Estonia. Participants of this relay interchangeably run 604 km in 3 days. In 2003 my input in the distance was 130 km and in 2004 - 160 km.

Much of my running before the event was just a lifestyle, but I realized from it that I have the capacity to compete in ultra races. Only in 2008 did I begin to participate in ultra-marathons actively. In turn, I also co-founded the Lithuanian Ultra Society in 2012.

CHALLENGING HUMAN CAPABILITIES

Ultra Lifestyle Accomplishments

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Self-Transcendence
NEW YORK
2016

1st Place

832 km in 6 days

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MONACO
2015

4th Place

860.56 km in 8 days

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Self-Transcendence
NEW YORK
2015

1st Place

1,073.43 km in 10 days

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Balaton Supermarathon
HUNGARY
2010/2011/2012

3rd/2nd/4th

195.40 km in 4 days

7th EMU 6 Day World Trophy (Hungary)

04.-10.05.2017
Event:7th EMU 6 Day World Trophy (HUN)
Distance: 6-day road race
4th place - 811.894 km

Goal For 2017/18 is a 100 Day Race (~7985 km) From Dakar to Vilnius

One more goal for 2017/18 is to complete a 7985 km run in 100 days from Dakar to Vilnius

ULTRA LIFE GOAL for 2019/20
"AROUND THE WORLD"
~27,500 km - 365 Days

Lithuania - Russia - China - Australia - Canada - USA - UK - Netherlands - Germany - Poland - Belarus - Lithuania

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. My USA dream run is an example of that and completing it gave me further self-confidence. I have set myself several more challenges that will lead up to my main goal.