Running for the Eco-Spirit

The annual Lahore International Marathon is gathering much hype and participation with every passing year. This year it attracted a unique marathoner, Hajime Nishi, from Japan. The runner, who styles himself as an Ecomarathoner and is the founder of Ecomarathon International, has earned himself a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for “The fastest time to run marathons on each of the seven continents” by running seven marathons in each of the seven continents in only 168 days in 1997 while he also became the first person out of North America to complete marathons in all 50 states of the US.

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Ecomarathoner – Hajime Nishi

An article on him in The Nation reports;

“Nishi’s philosophy diverts widely from the “faster is better” norm in the competitive world of marathons. He is quoted as saying that his worst time was 3 hours, 45 minutes and best time was 10 hours, 32
minutes. His aim is not to cross the finish line as soon as he possibly can, but to savour the experience of running a marathon. He stops to take pictures, interacts with the crowds and evaluates the marathon from an ecological point of view based on a unique rating system known as EIE (Ecomarathon International Evaluations). The EIE is comprised of 34 criteria in 7 elements, such as environment, cultural exchange, management, safety, convenience, commemoratives and fairness.” – read full story here

The spirit of running not for winning but for having an experience of People & Places of different origins, regions and environment is just too cool.

Image Source: Stuart Siegler’s Page
Post Credit: Faraz Khalid

2 Comments so far

  1. Bulla (unregistered) on February 4th, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

    Any idea how Lahore fared in his ratings?


  2. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

    I’ll try to get some information on it…



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