Journey Runners and Walkers review of 2007

Posted on December 23, 2007 by

Journey Runners and walkers review of 2007 – Running and walking makes the world go around!

By: Tony Mangan.

Canadian,Jean Béliveau rang in the 2007 New Year bells in Budapest,Hungary. At that point Jean had walked some 40,000 km on his (world wide walk). Hungary was the 41st country in the 4th continent of the walk from North America to South America, then across to South Africa. North up through Africa to Cairo and west to Morocco and north to Europe.
He left his Montreal home on August 18th, 2000, at 9:00 am. His goal is to walk around the planet to promote “Peace and non-violence to the profit of the children of the world”. He is traveling alone with a three-wheeled stroller to carry a bit of food, his clothing, a First Aid kit, a small tent and a sleeping bag. Jean plans to walk across all 6 continents.
The big man from Quebec walked through that winter crossing Serbia,Macedonia,Greece and Turkey. In Istanbul he managed to get special permission to walk across the (normally closed to pedestrians) Bosporus bridge which allowed him to walk into his 5th continent,Asia.
From there Jean headed north to Georgia and Azerbaijan. Everywhere he went he encountered wonderful people, making the long plod more bearable.
Around this time I spent some time in Montreal and was a guest of his partner, Luce. I got to see the incredible back up to the walk. Luce spends the whole day working behind the scenes keeping the show on the road. Working on his website,posting updates, pictures and answering his fan mail. In late July Jean obtained a very difficult to obtain Iranian visa and spent that summer walking through that country in temperatures of almost 50 degrees C before taking a ferry to Dubai. After a short stop there he rambled on to India where he will end 2007 having walked some 8,000 km for the year. Luce plans to meet Jean in Bangladesh for a holiday (they try to meet at least once a year). From there he will march on into South and Eastern Asia, Australia, New Zealand and finally
back to Canada.

This journey will take 12 years to complete which is in accordance with the United Nations
2001-2010 – International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World.


Another man who likes to take his time and has a talent for telling a story is American Ian Reeves.
Ian left Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America on December 9th 2002.
He ran out of money, took a year out and is now back in Colombia shuffling his way north towards Alaska.
Colombia is a dangerous place to travel in at the best of times but the rebels usually call a truce around Christmas time!

Tony Mangan, Dublin, Ireland, December 23rd. 2007.