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Joe Gagnon’s Six Continents Challenge: A Run Around the World Brings Global Message

Joe Gagnon doesn’t believe in relaxing in his free time. A serial entrepreneur and software executive, Joe Gagnon has covered over a hundred thousand miles by bike and by foot. Each year he challenges himself to go a little further and do something more. This year, the father of two has challenged himself to his own personal Six Continents Challenge, where he is essentially running around the world. To get ready for the event, he has completed marathons and trained everyday for years. He logs his training and miles covered on his blog, The High Performance Life

Although he has always been active, the past few years he has taken to running all over the world, racking up time on planes and in hotel rooms. Joe’s persistence has been featured in The New York Times and he has also appeared in many tech publications in addition to appearing on The History Channel and Food Network. Never one to rest for long, Joe’s motivation is not simply to reach new goals, but to show others that they can achieve more than they know in all facets of their lives. Joe is also writing a book entitled “The High Performance Life: Dream It, Plan it, Practice it, Do it,” about his philosophy and how The High Performance Life can help anyone be their best self.

How did you come up with the Six Continents Challenge?

I have been looking to take on a big challenge in 2017. It seemed that the world conspired in my favor this year such that I could combine what I love to do with an opportunity to bring a positive “can do message” around the world. I love running, travelling, meeting people and supporting them. To do this at a big level required a big thought and since I have always wanted to run around the world, the Six Continents challenge showed itself. From there I set out to plan it and see if it was logistically possible.

Can you describe exactly what the challenge will entail?

Starting in Sydney Australia on April 10, I will run six marathons on six continents in six days,bringing a message around the world that we can do more than we think we can. The trip will go from Sydney, to Singapore, to Johannesburg, to London, to Sao Paolo, and to Los Angeles, concluding there on April 15. 

I am keeping it quite simple with a coach airline ticket, a pair of sneakers and a backpack, a few Clif bars, and some local support. Along the way I will run 157 miles and log approximately 40,000 air miles with just an airplane seat for a daily respite. I am not exactly sure what I am going to find, but for sure it will be magical!

Carly Zinderman

Carly Zinderman is a Senior Staff Writer for JustLuxe, based just outside of Los Angeles, CA. Since graduating from Occidental College with a degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies, she has written on a variety of topics for books, magazines and online publications, but loves fashion and style best. In her spare time, when she?s not writing, Carly enjoys watching old movies, reading an...(Read More)

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